Microbiology is the study of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, unicellular eukaryotes, and parasites. Microorganisms play an important role in human and animal disease, food production (bread, cheese, wine), decay and spoilage, contamination and purification of water and soil. Microbiologists study these tiny, self-replicating machines to understand the basic principles of life: growth, metabolism, cell division, control of gene expression, response to environmental stimuli. Microbiologists are also concerned with controlling or harnessing microorganisms for the benefit of people, by isolating antibiotics or producing vaccines to protect against disease, and by developing and perfecting microorganisms for industrial uses.
Immunology is the study of the molecular and cellular basis of host resistance and immunity to external agents such as pathogenic microorganisms. Immunologists study the mechanisms by which the body recognizes foreign antigens, generates appropriate antibodies to an enormously diverse spectrum of antigens, and sequesters and kills invading microorganisms. Their discoveries lead to vaccination against disease, transfusions and organ transplants, allergies, cancer, autoimmune diseases and immune-deficiency diseases such as AIDS. Antibodies may soon be used in conjunction with antibiotics or chemical agents as specific “magic bullets” to diagnose disease and attack microbes and cancers.
The disciplines of microbiology and immunology are natural partners in research, and both fields use the modern methods of cell biology, molecular biology and genetics to study basic life processes. The members of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology perform research on microbial physiology and genetics, microbial pathogenesis, molecular virology, cellular and molecular immunology, and parasitology. Students registered in the Department therefore are exposed to these related areas and receive an excellent background in basic biology and chemistry as well as in the more applied areas of biotechnology and medicine.
Many opportunities exist for careers in basic or applied microbiology and immunology, medical microbiology, environmental microbiology, and biotechnology. They include positions in industry (pharmaceutical and biotechnology), hospitals, universities, and government (environment, public health, and energy). A degree in microbiology also provides an excellent basis for entering professional and postgraduate programs in medicine, dentistry, the veterinary sciences, research, and education.
Please note that enrolment in Microbiology and Immunology programs is limited to a total of 120 students per year. Students seeking admission to the Liberal, Majors and Honours programs must have completed BIOL 112, CHEM 110, CHEM 120, MATH 139 or MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 101 and PHYS 102 or their equivalent with an overall average of at least B+ (75%).
Students transferring from other programs may be admitted with a B+ average up to the maximum program capacity of 120 students. Applicants not admitted will be placed on a waiting list and will be considered should vacancies occur. Application deadline for U0 or transfer students from other departments and faculties is the third Monday in April. Students who want to transfer to Microbiology and Immunology should consider taking MIMM 211, or equivalent, as a complementary course.
An Undergraduate handbook, containing detailed course descriptions, a listing of faculty research interests, and information on careers in microbiology and immunology, is available from the Student Affairs Office in Room 511 of the Lyman Duff Building and on the web at www.mcgill.ca/microimm.
All students (U1, U2, U3) must attend an advising session. Please check www.mcgill.ca/microimm for dates.
|Malcolm Baines (Acting Chair)|
|Zafer Ali-Khan; B.Sc.(Bilar), M.Sc.(Karachi), Ph.D.(Tulane)|
|Malcolm G. Baines; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Qu.)|
|James W. Coulton; B.Sc.(Tor.), M.Sc.(Calg.), Ph.D.(W. Ont.)|
|John Hiscott; B.Sc., M.Sc.(W. Ont.), Ph.D.(NYU)|
|Greg Matlashewski; B.Sc.(C'dia), Ph.D.(Ott.)|
|Robert A. Murgita; B.Sc.(Me.), M.S.(Vt.), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Mark A. Wainberg; B.Sc.(McG.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Col.)|
|Albert Berghuis; M.Sc.(The Netherlands), Ph.D.(Br. Col.)|
|Dalius J. Briedis; B.A., M.D.(Johns H.)|
|Benoit Cousineau; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.)|
|Sylvie Fournier; Ph.D.(Montr.)|
|Matthias. Gotte; Ph.D.(Max Planck)|
|Hervé Le Moual; Ph.D.(Montr.)|
|Gregory T. Marczynski; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Ill.)|
|Martin Olivier; B.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Ciriaco Piccrillo; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Jorge Friz; Ph.D.(Vienna)|
|Samantha Gruenheid; B.Sc.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Shan-Lu Liu; Ph.D.(Wash.)|
|Donald Sheppard; M.D.(Tor.)|
|Agricultural & Environmental Sciences: Byong Lee|
|Human Genetics: Silvia Vidal|
|Institute of Parasitology: F. Dziersinski, Armando Jardim, Jay Nadao, Paula Ribeiro|
|Microbiology & Immunology: Lawrence Kleiman|
|Medicine: Marcel Behr, Andre Dascal, Sabah Hussain, Arnold Kristof, Chen Liang, Vivian Loo, Amee Manges, Mark A. Miller, Jay Nadeau, Marianna Newkirk, Roger G.E. Palfree, Kostas Pantopoulos, Joyce E. Rauch, Michael Reed, Maya Saleh, Christos Tsoukas, Bernard Turcotte, Brian J. Ward|
|Neuroimmunology: Amit Bar-Or|
|Neurology & Neurosurgery: Jack Antel|
|Oncology: Anne Gatignol, Antonis E. Koromilas, Andrew Mouland, Arnim Pause, Stephane Richard|
|Opthalmology: Miguel Burnier|
|Surgery: Nicholas V. Christou|
|Virology: Shan Cen|
|J. Archambault; B.Sc.(Montr), Ph.D.(Tor.)|
|Vibhuti Dave; M.Sc., Ph.D.(Bombay)|
|Albert Descoteaux; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Elias Haddad; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Beirut), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Taff Jones; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Univ. Coll., Lond.)|
|George Kukolj; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Peter Lau; Ph.D.(Ott.)|
|Andrew Makrigiannis; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Dal.)|
|Allan M. Matte; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Guelph), Ph.D.(Sask.)|
|Clement Rioux; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Laval), Ph.D.(Guelph)|
|Rafick-P. Sekaly; B.A.(Stanislas), B.Sc., M.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(Lausanne)|
|Woong-Kyung Suh; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Seoul), Ph.D.(Tor.)|
|Dan Ziberstein; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Hebrew)|
For more information, see Liberal Program - Core Science Component Microbiology and Immunology (48 credits).
The Major program is designed for students who want to acquire a substantial background in microbiology and immunology and related disciplines (chemistry, biology, biochemistry) which will prepare them for professional schools, graduate education, or entry into jobs in industry or research institutes.
For more information, see Major Microbiology and Immunology (67 credits).
The Honours program is designed to offer, in addition to the substantial background given by the Major program, a significant research experience in a laboratory within the Department during the U3 year. Students are prepared for this independent research project by following an advanced laboratory course in U2. This program is intended to prepare students for ...
For more information, see Honours Microbiology and Immunology (73 credits).
For more information, see Immunology Interdepartmental Honours.
This program is offered by the Departments of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, and Physiology.
Students interested in immunology may choose between this Honours program and the Honours program of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
Details of this program may also be obtained from Professor Piccirillo in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Room L11.132, Montreal General Hospital; telephone: 514-934-1934 ext. 45135; email: ciro [dot] piccirillo [at] mcgill [dot] ca.