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Master of Science in
Immunology, Microbiology and Virology

The application deadline for Fall 2014 is May 1, 2014.

Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact:
Jacques Robert, Program Director Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Phone: (585) 275-1722

First BS/MS Graduating Class - 2013

LaurenForbeswithJacquesRobert

Lauren Forbes (with Jacques Robert, PhD, Program Director) is the first candidate to receive on May 18, 2013.

She has brilliantly defended her Master's thesis entitled: “Adenylate Kinase (AK) as a Reporter of Cell Death to Identify and Develop Novel Antimicrobial Compounds”. She is interested in pursuing a career in scientific research focusing on drug discovery and plans to apply to a PhD program in Pharmacy Sciences.
AlexWeiMichaelElliott

Alexander Wei is our second candidate to receive an M.S. in Microbiology, Immunology and Virology from our new BS/MS program on June 18 2013. He has brilliantly defended Master thesis entitled: “Role of Elmo1 in Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Migration and Type-I Interferon Production”. Alex has been accepted at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and will start Medical School in the Fall 2013.

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Maksym Marek (with Research supervisor Dr. Brendaliz Santiago, Ph.D.) is the third candidate to obtain his M.S. diploma in Microbiology, Immunology and Virology from our new BS/MS program in June 2013. The presentation of his research was excellent. His Masters thesis was entitled: “ccpA and codY regulation of the aminotransferase ilvE: a link between branched-chain amino acid biosynthesis and cid tolerance in Streptococcus mutans”. Maksym has applied to Medical School and, in the meantime, is currently seeking a research position.

Objectives:

This degree program is designed to actively prepare graduates for careers in biomedical research by allowing them to earn both BS and MS degrees in 5 years. Pursuit of the MS in Immunology, Microbiology, and Virology affords the opportunity for selected students to receive intensive, advanced training in the allied fields of immunology, microbiology, virology, and biotechnology, with a focus on hands-on research and “real world” skills including critical scientific thinking, scientific communication, group dynamic, problem-solving and data analysis, and instruction in drug discovery. Active training in bioinformatics, cGMP stem cell manufacturing, and other advanced methodologies is included. The goals are to reflect the interconnectivity and complexity biomedical sciences as well as the increasing requirement for teamwork in problem solving in the workforce.


Requirements for Admissions:

  • Current UR undergraduates
    Strong academic record
    Minimum 3.3 GPA in major
    Demonstrated commitment to pursue research (e.g., Independent Research IND/MBI 395).

PRE Application Requirements:

  • Email application
    Personal statement
    Letter of recommendation by a research advisor or professor in the major discipline
    Official transcripts
    Interviews with the Program Director and members of the admission committee

FULL Application Requirements:

  • Online application (deadline May 1 of each year)
    Personal statement
    3 Letters of recommendation by professors in the major discipline (the recommendations for the pre-application may be used)
    Official University of Rochester transcripts

Application timeline:

  • Between the spring of junior year and the fall of senior year:  pre-application
    May 1: Complete application due
    May-June: Offer of Admission notices
    May-June: Summer semester begins
    July 1: Offer accepted by students
    August: Orientation
    September: Fall semester begin

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IMV BS/MS Curriculum

Required Courses (total 8.0 credits)
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Offered

MBI 518

Critical Thinking in Research

1.0

Spring

MBI 402

Writing in Microbiology

3.0

Spring

MBI 403

Drug Discovery

2.0

Spring

IND 501

Ethics in Research

1.0

Fall

Select at least 4 - 400 level coursdes (12 or 13 credit hours)

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Offered

MBI 404

Introduction to Emerging Pathogens

3.0

Spring

MBI 414 Microbial Pathogenesis 3.0 Spring every other year
(next offered spring 2015)

MBI 421

Microbial Genetics

3.0

Spring every other year
(next offered spring 2014)

MBI 431

Microbial Physiology

3.0

Spring every other year
(next offered spring 2014)

MBI 456

General Virology

4.0

Spring every other year
(next offered spring 2015)

MBI 473

Immunology

3.0

Fall

MBI 492 Microbiome 3.0 Fall

Elective/Seminar Courses:
Select a total of 3.0 Credit Hours (1 - 2.0 credit hour or 2 - 1.0 credit hour PLUS MBI 501* for 1.0 credit hour)

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Offered
MBI 501 * Student Seminar 1.0 Fall/Spring
MBI 514 Microbial Pathogenesis Seminar 1.0 Spring every other year
(next offered spring 2015)
MBI 521 Microbial Genetics Seminar 1.0 Spring every other year
(next offered spring 2014)

MBI 540

Topics in Immunology

2.0

Spring

MBI 570 Molecular Biology Seminar 1.0 Fall and Spring

MBI 573

Immunology Seminar

2.0

Fall

MBI 580

Immunology Research in Progress (RIPS)

1.0

Fall and Spring

MBI 588 Virology Research Seminar 1.0 Fall and Spring
MBI 589 Advanced Topics in Virology 1.0 Fall

Research (total 6 - 12 credit hours)

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Offered

MBI 496

MS Project 1 (FALL)

 

 

MBI 496 MS Project II (SPRING)    

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