Message from the Chairman

I am honoured to welcome you to the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at McGill University. I invite you to browse through the contents of our website to discover who we are as a scientific community and what we do in terms of innovative research and teaching. 

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology has a long and rich history fostered by both its pioneering and current Faculty members and its internationally-renowned home institution. The Department was founded in 1931 by Professor Everett Murray, and has since upheld a high standard of excellence. The research initiatives conducted by the members of the Microbiology & Immunology community has been remarkable, leading to several important ground-breaking discoveries spanning a variety of fields from basic to applied research. The extensive breadth and scope of our current scientific program and the research interests of our Faculty members in biological and health sciences cover the fields of Microbiology, Virology, Immunology, Parasitology, Mycology, the Microbiome and Medicine. 

In terms of education, our Department offers excellent training at all levels including undergraduate (BSc), graduate (MSc, PhD) and post-graduate education. The Microbiology & Immunology undergraduate programs cover a wide variety of topics in biological and health sciences while offering multiple hands on laboratory courses and research training opportunities. Our undergraduate students learn about the life cycle and pathogenesis of various human pathogens which include bacteria, viruses and parasites, while on the other hand learning how our immune system functions and protects us against these important disease-causing microorganisms. The most advanced courses cover intricate host-pathogen interactions and how we can protect ourselves before and after infection by investigating vaccination approaches and the antimicrobial drug discovery pipeline, respectively. 

Although we strive for excellence in both research and teaching, what makes our Department great is ultimately the people. We are fortunate to have a wonderful team including our world class Professors, friendly and competent office staff, support staff, researchers, as well as graduate and undergraduate students. We have a variety of events year-round where we can showcase our research, socialize, but also have fun! 

McGill University ranks amongst the top Universities worldwide attracting internationally renowned scientists as well as cream of the crop students. In addition, McGill University is located in the heart of downtown Montreal - a safe, multicultural and vibrant city. This makes the Department of Microbiology & Immunology of McGill University a stimulating and enjoyable place to study, perform research, and develop into a first class scientist. 

I hope you will consider joining our Department to pursue your academic aspirations.


Sincerely yours, 

Dr. Benoit Cousineau 

Interim Chair, Department of Microbiology & Immunology