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Microbiology is a core scientific discipline that is concerned with the study of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes. Members of this large and diverse group can be found in the most remote and inhospitable places of the planet. From deep 110oC hydrothermal ocean vents, to the cold of Antarctica, to 4 km depths in the earth, bacteria thrive. Microbes constitute about 60% of the earth’s biomass, indeed humans on average are host to microbial populations ten times greater than their own cell number. How host organisms defend themselves against microbial infection is the study of immunology. Since 1901 approximately one third of the Nobel Prizes in Medicine and Physiology have been awarded to microbiologists.
The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is dedicated to the study of microorganisms and the immune system. Faculty members explore the structure, chemistry, genetics, and behaviour of bacteria, viruses, mammalian cells, and the immune system with the aim to understanding both fundamental and medical problems. Areas of health research studied include diabetes, arthritis, gene therapy, tumor biology, viral host interactions, resistance of cancer cells to chemotherapeutic agents, human pathogens, autoimmunity, and cell-to cell communication during the immune response. The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers courses to explore many of these topics. Education of future scientists, health care professionals, and informed citizens is an important mandate of our Department.
Our undergraduate laboratories offer students a hands-on introduction in the use of modern techniques and instrumentation to study microorganisms and the interaction with their environments.
You will learn:
- Aseptic techniques
- Isolation and culture
- Industrial use of microorganisms
- Gene cloning
- antibody production
- use of viruses as vectors
Students enrolled in our Honors Specialization modules have the opportunity to work with faculty members on individual research projects.
An undergraduate degree in microbiology prepares you for positions in academic, industrial, pharmaceutical, and government sectors. You may also consider professional school (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy), and graduate studies. We offer exciting research opportunities leading to Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees. We would be happy to hear from you and answer your questions.
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