GRADUATE PROGRAM IN MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY (PH.D. AND M.S.)
Director: Lawrence Bergman, Ph.D.
The multidisciplinary Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program offers education and training leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The faculty in this program have diverse research interests ranging from studying the cellular and molecular pathogenesis of infectious agents to the effect of aging on the immune function. In the first year, students spend most of their time completing required courses in the core curriculum, and completing the research laboratory rotation requirements.
All students must successfully complete the core curriculum before advancing to the specific program requirements for their degree. The core curriculum is a comprehensive interdisciplinary program of study for all first year masters and doctoral students in the Biomedical Graduate Programs. The goal of the core curriculum is to provide a broad foundation in biomedical sciences and serve as a framework for advanced study in more specialized areas.
All students must pass a preliminary examination at the end of the first year, while also attending student seminars and journal clubs. Advanced level courses in immunology, genetics, microbial physiology, molecular biology, microbial pathogenesis, mycology, and parasitology are offered to interested students in the second year.
Ph.D. candidates must pass a qualifying examination in the middle of their third year and also submit a minimum of two manuscripts (publications from their research) during the course of the program. The average amount of time required to complete the Ph.D. requirements is five years.
Required Courses for Program
MIIM-502 – Microbiology & Immunology Journal Club
MIIM-504 – Microbiology & Immunology 1st Lab Research Rotation
MIIM-505 – Microbiology & Immunology 2nd Lab Research Rotation
MIIM-506 – Microbiology & Immunology 3rd Lab Research Rotation
MIIM-507 – Microbiology & Immunology Student Seminar Series
MIIM-508 – Immunology I
MIIM-512 – Molecular Pathogenesis I
MIIM-513 – Molecular Pathogenesis II
MIIM-600 – Microbiology & Immunology Thesis Research
MIIM-606 – Microbiology & Immunology Seminar
MIIM-555 – Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis
MIIM-604 – Special Topics in Virology
MIIM-607 – Immunology II
MIIM-612 – Molecular Mechanisms of Viral Pathogenesis
MIIM-613 – Emerging Infectious Diseases
MIIM-615 – Experimental Therapeutics
MIIM-630 – Advanced Molecular Biology
Required for Biomedical Graduate Studies
IDPT-500 – Scientific Integrity and Ethics
IDPT-501 – Biostatistics I
Program guidelines describe the academic policies and procedures pertaining to graduate study in the microbiology and immunology program. The document contains current standards that are revised periodically by faculty in the microbiology and immunology program, procedures and general rules of the Office of Biomedical Graduate Studies. The booklet is currently under revision and will be made available soon.
The department offers or participates in several graduate and medical education programs. Please check this site again for more information as it becomes available.
GRADUATE PROGRAM IN MOLECULAR MEDICINE (M.S.)
Directors: Stephen Jennings, Ph.D. and Pamela Norton, Ph.D.
The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine (IGP), is an educational research training program that serves as an integral component of the Institute’s efforts to enhance the education, research, and development of Drexel University. The IGP in Molecular Medicine is a graduate program that provides an enhanced training environment for the education of biomedical scientists that will ultimately be involved in solving basic problems in the molecular and clinical sciences relevant to the prevention, treatment, and cure of cancer, metabolic disorders, infectious diseases, and a wide range of genetic and immunologic disorders. The program strives to provide an integrated research training environment that will interface the general disciplines of medicine, biology, immunology, infectious disease, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, and engineering in general. The program is designed to complement existing graduate programs within the College of Medicine and serve as a bridge program between the College of Medicine Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs and other Drexel graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, and School of Biomedical Engineering.
Program training faculty and graduate students in the participating academic units are positioned at a number of Drexel campuses including University City, New College Building in Center City, Queen Lane, and Doylestown with additional training faculty and students located at the Fox Chase Cancer Research Center. Opportunities in clinical genomic sciences are also available at the Center for Genomic Sciences at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Since training faculty and students are positioned at a number of campuses located in the greater Philadelphia area and possibly across the Commonwealth in Pittsburgh, the program is highly flexible to optimize education and research training at each location. The program strives to enhance collaborative interdisciplinary research and training efforts across all Drexel colleges, schools, and campuses with respect to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human disease. The program is administrated by an advisory committee comprising at least one representative of each participating college, school, and/or campus and chaired by the program director.