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Microbiology and Immunology

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Microbiology and Immunology is at the forefront of science, with a dynamic program that prepares our students to take full advantage of the many opportunities available in areas such as medicine and graduate school, as well as the newer areas of biotechnology such as genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics.

Microbiology is the study of microorganisms including viruses and bacteria, while immunology involves the study of the molecular and cellular basis of immunity to external agents. The two disciplines are natural partners in research.

Many of our graduates go on to medical or graduate school. Many of those who enter the workplace work for new biotechnology companies. Career opportunities exist in industry (pharmaceutical and biotechnology), hospitals, universities, research institutes and government.

Program options

Undergraduate Liberal, Major, and Honours programs include exposure to four key research areas: cellular and molecular immunology, microbial physiology and genetics, molecular biology of viruses, and medical microbiology.

At the graduate level, the department offers programs leading to the degrees of M.Sc., M.Sc. (Applied), and Ph.D. Each program is tailored to fit the needs and backgrounds of individual students.

Department highlights

Our undergraduate program is outstanding in both the depth and breadth of its scope:

  • Excellent research facilities in the Lyman Duff Medical Sciences Building, with many affiliated staff working in nearby research institutes or teaching hospitals.
  • The Microbiology & Immunology Students Association (MISA). Visit their website.
  • World class faculty with international contacts.
  • Our students get a great deal of hands-on laboratory experience which is critical for their success after graduation.
  • Laboratory courses and Honours research provide a terrific means to obtain practical knowledge.

More information

Webpages for undergraduate studies in Microbiology and Immunology

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