School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Microbiology and Immunology

EFFECTIVE 2014-2015, THE COURSES LISTED BELOW OR THE EQUIVALENT ARE  UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOMEDICAL AND MOLECULAR SCIENCES. CURRENT COURSE NUMBERS AND DESCRIPTIONS CAN BE FOUND HERE: COURSES OF INSTRUCTION BIOMEDICAL AND MOLECULAR SCIENCES .

STUDENTS ENROLLED IN MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY PROGRAMS IN 2013-2014 OR EARLIER ENROL IN COURSES WITH THE COURSE CODES AND NUMBERS AS SHOWN BELOW.
Admission to courses must be discussed with the supervisory committee, and will be determined by the student's experience and educational need in microbiology and allied sciences.
 
All MSc students are required to take MICR-910* and MICR-970*; PhD students are required to participate in MICR-910*.

MICR-835*     Advanced Procaryotic Structure and Function     
In-depth analysis of the genetics, biochemistry, assembly and function of the major structures of the procaryotic cell. Emphasis on the experimental approaches in the current literature. (Offered in alternate years to MICR-836* and concurrently with MICR-435* with additional work required.) Winter term, two hours lecture, one hour tutorial. K. Jarrell.  

MICR-836*     Microbial Genetics     
A detailed description of the processes of heredity in bacteria including a discussion of gene structure and evolution, gene expression and its control, the exchange of genetic material in the microbial world and genetic engineering and its applications. The laboratory component will emphasize modern approaches to genetic engineering. (Offered in alternate years to MICR-835* and concurrently with MICR-436* with additional work required.) Winter term, two hours lecture, one hour tutorial.  

MICR-850*     Principles of Molecular Virology     
Further study of contemporary virology using the textbook as a guide to particles, genomes, replication, expression, infection, and pathogenesis. Emphasizing reading and writing to develop skills in observation and critical thinking, important attributes in understanding the scientific method. (Offered in alternate years to MICR-851* and concurrently with MICR-450* with additional work required.)
Fall term, three lecture hours, three seminar hours.  E. Carstens.
EXCLUSION: MICR-450*

MICR-851*     Selected Topics in Viral Pathogenesis     
The nature of selected animal virus groups and their interactions with the host in disease production with special emphasis on the pathogenesis of tumor and human immunodeficiency viruses will be considered. (Offered in alternate to MICR-850* years and concurrently with MICR-451* with additional work required). Fall term, two lecture hours, two seminars hours, one tutorial hour. L. Raptis.  

MICR-852*     Virus Infection and Immunity     
The molecular basis for virus pathogenesis including the host immune response to virus infection, and viral countermeasures. Emphasis will be on viral infections that result in gastrointestinal, haematological, neurological, and respiratory disease. Tutorials will focus on discussion of current and seminal literature. Offered jointly with MICR-452. Fall term.
PREREQUISITES: MICR-221, MICR-360/860 or equivalents    
EXCLUSION: MICR-452.    

MICR-860*     Immunology     
The general principles and mechanisms of immune reaction. Immunochemical and immunobiological aspects of antibody formation and cell-mediated immunity in health and disease will be considered. (Offered concurrently with MICR-360* with additional work required.) Fall term, three lecture hours. M. Szewczuk

MICR-899     Master's Thesis Research     

MICR-910*     Microbiology and Immunology Seminar Program     
A required course for all graduate students entering a MSc or PhD from a BSc.  Credit will be based upon attendance and participation in the weekly departmental seminar program and on attendance at all Visiting Speaker/Departmental seminars. In addition, each student will be required to present two seminars based upon his/her research work. Departmental faculty will provide evaluation of each student presentation consisting of a mark and written comments.  A final mark will be compiled by the Graduate Program Coordinator (40%, first seminar; 60% second seminar).  Fall and winter terms, seminar.  N. Martin.

MICR-920*     Microbial Pathogenesis     
A comprehensive course emphasizing the major microbial and viral groups occurring in human and animal disease. The basic mechanisms involved in host-parasite interrelationships as well as current effective methodology used in their control will be studied.  Winter term.  N. Martin.  

MICR-930*     Advanced Bacteriology     
An integrated course dealing with microbial physiology as approached from biochemical, genetic and ecological perspectives. The course will also stress microbial diversity. Fall term. Three lecture hours.  K. Jarrell.

MICR-950*     Advanced Virology     
Advanced general virology with a special emphasis on virus structure, replication patterns under permissive conditions and in persistent infections. Molecular aspects of gene duplication, expression and modulation are emphasized, as well as a consideration of viruses as expression vectors. Fall term. Three lecture hours.  L. Raptis.

MICR-960*     Advanced Immunology     
An advanced course emphasizing the main areas of contemporary immunology. Fall term.  M. Szewczuk.

MICR-970*     Research Project in Microbiology     
A required course for all graduate students entering a Master’s program and for those entering a doctoral program without a prior Master’s of Science degree.  Students will complete essays on central questions related to their research program.  The intent of this course is to promote an early appreciation of the literature and/or experimental approaches germane to the student’s proposed studies and/or address weaknesses/gaps in the student’s prior studies that might impede his/her undertaking the proposed work.  Offered all terms. B. Banfield.

MICR-999     Ph.D. Thesis Research