Fall 2014 – Summer 2015
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; and 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 are therefore 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.
An online undergraduate handbook, containing detailed course descriptions, a listing of faculty research interests, and information on careers in microbiology and immunology is available on our website.
All new students should attend a departmental orientation/advising session in August. Please check www.mcgill.ca/microimm for dates.
|Dr. Joaquin Madrenas|
|James W. Coulton; B.Sc.(Tor.), M.Sc.(Calg.), Ph.D.(W. Ont.)|
|Albert Berghuis; M.Sc.(Rijks Univ. Groningen), Ph.D.(Br. Col.)|
|Matthias Götte; Ph.D.(Max Planck)|
|Joaquin Madrenas; M.Sc., Ph.D.(Alta.), M.D.(Barcelona)|
|Greg Matlashewski; B.Sc.(C'dia), Ph.D.(Ott.)|
|Robert A. Murgita; B.Sc.(Maine), M.S.(Vermont), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Martin Olivier; B.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Mark A. Wainberg; B.Sc.(McG.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Col.)|
|Dalius J. Briedis; B.A., M.D.(Johns Hop.)|
|Benoit Cousineau; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.)|
|Sylvie Fournier; Ph.D.(Montr.)|
|Samantha Gruenheid; B.Sc.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Hervé Le Moual; Ph.D.(Montr.)|
|Gregory T. Marczynski; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Ill.)|
|Ciriaco Piccirillo; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Donald Sheppard; M.D.(Tor.)|
|Jorg Friz; Ph.D.(Vienna)|
|Irah King; B.Sc.(Ohio St.), M.Sc.(Pitt. St.), Ph.D.(Roch.)|
|Connie Krawczyk; B.Sc.(Guelph), Ph.D.(Tor.)|
|Selena Sagan; B.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Ott.)|
|Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases: Marcel Behr, Andre Dascal, Vivian Loo|
|Immunology, Autoimmunity, Host Defense: Jack Antel, Amit Bar-Or, Miguel Burnier, Nicholas V. Christou, Ines Colmegna, Philip Gros, Arnold Kristof, Marianna Newkirk, Joyce Rauch, Michael Reed, Maya Saleh, Michel Tremblay, Christos Tsoukas|
|Immunology and Parasitology: Paula Ribeiro, Petra Rohrbach, Brian Ward, Momar Ndao, Ji Zhang|
|Microbiology: Maziar Divangahi, Chen Liang, Dao Nguyen|
|Molecular Biology: Nicolas Cermakian, Sabah Hussain, Armando Jardim, Andrew Mouland, Kostas Pantopoulos, Michael Reed, Bernard Turcotte|
|Virology: Anne Gatignol, Antonis Koromilas, Rongtuan Lin, Jose Teodoro|
|Jacques Archambault; B.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(Tor.)|
|Albert Descoteaux; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Andres Finzi; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.)|
|George Kukolj; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Peter Lau; Ph.D.(Ott.)|
|Ancuta Petronela; M.Sc., Ph.D.(Paris)|
|Sylvie Lesage; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Woong-Kyung Suh; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Seoul), Ph.D.(Tor.)|
|Silvia Vidal; M.Sc., Ph.D.(Geneva)|
For more information, see Liberal Program - Core Science Component Microbiology and Immunology (49 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 (68 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 (74 credits).
For more information, see Immunology.
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 Dr. Monroe Cohen in the Department of Physiology, Room 1136, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building; telephone: 514-398-4342; monroe [dot] cohen [at] mcgill [dot] ca; or Dr. Piccirillo in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Room L11.132, Montreal General Hospital; telephone: 514-934-1934, ext. 45135; ciro [dot] piccirillo [at] mcgill [dot] ca.