Department of Microbiology
and Immunology

Professor W. LaJean Chaffin, Interim Chairperson.

Professors Chaffin, Griswold, Lefkowitz, Pence, Straus, and Warner; Associate Professors Fralick, Hamood, Rolfe, and Wright; Assistant Professor Schneider.

This department offers study in the following graduate degree programs: MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. The course work and information presented below describe those aspects of the programs of particular interest to students choosing to study and conduct research in the areas of medical microbiology which are traditionally found in a medical center.

Students seeking information concerning admission to the graduate program in medical microbiology, training and research opportunities, or teaching and research assistantships in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology should contact the chairperson of the department. For further information, see our website at <>.

Courses in Microbiology. (GMIB)

3401. Fundamentals of Medical and Public Health Microbiology. (4:3:3). A general microbiology course that examines bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses with particular emphasis on the microbial relationship to disease, pathogenicity, and the immune response. This is an undergraduate level course designed specifically for nursing students.

5181, 5281, 5381. Selected Topics in Microbiology (1:1:0; 2:2:0; 3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Specific areas in microbiology and immunology or related research not normally included in other sources. May be repeated for credit with change in content.

5399. Introduction to Microbiological Research (3:0:3). Beginning students. Exposure to experimental design, research methodology and data analysis in the laboratories of three faculty members.

6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).

6201. Medical Parasitology (2:1:1). An overview of important protozoan helminth and arthropod infections and vectors of disease.

6237. Medical Mycology for Graduate Students (2:2:0). Prerequisite: Medical or pathogenic microbiology or consent of instructor. A study of the biology of pathogenic fungi and human mycoses.

6323. Genetics and Molecular Biology of Procaryotes (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Biochemistry and general microbiology. Current concepts on the molecular biology and genetics of procaryotes with emphasis on regulation of gene expression.

6324. The Molecular Biology of Pathogenic Bacteria (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Medical microbiology, biochemistry. Lectures and discussions concerning the molecular analysis of mechanisms by which pathogenic bacteria produce infections. The regulation and expression of virulence factors are emphasized.

6325. The Biology of Animal Viruses (3:3:0). Prerequisite: General biochemistry and general microbiology. Emphasis will be placed on DNA and RNA tumor viruses, tumor suppressor genes and human immunodeficiency virus.

6329. Advances in Immunology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GMIB 6931 or consent of instructor. A discussion of current knowledge of the immune system with emphasis on molecular and cellular interactions.

6335. The Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Medical or pathogenic microbiology or consent of the instructor. A study of the processes by which microorganisms produce disease in humans and how the host responds.

6931. Medical Microbiology (9:8:1). A study of bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses and how they function to produce diseases in humans. The response of the body to invasion by these microorganisms is also discussed.

7000. Research (V1-12).

7101. Microbiology Seminar (1:1:0).

8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12).

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