Mission of the Graduate Program in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. The Graduate Program in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics (MIMG) seeks to teach and train the next generation of research scientists in the molecular and cellular biology of bacterial pathogenesis, virus/host interactions, the innate and adaptive immune responses, animal and cellular model systems of infection and immunity, and the molecular mechanisms of gene expression, signal transduction, cell proliferation and cancer biology. It is the goal of the faculty and students to utilize classic and cutting edge methodologies and technologies to conduct interdisciplinary research that will solve problems that are of significant biomedical importance.
Objectives of the Graduate Program in MIMG. Through participation in a variety of departmental activities, MIMG Graduate Students are expected to obtain a broad education and training base that encompasses various aspects of biomedical science including those centered in the fields of bacteriology, immunology, virology, molecular biology, pathogenesis, genetics/gene expression and cancer biology. Students are expected to develop essential technical skills and/or capabilities that will allow them to conduct independent research. Demonstration of excellence in communicating scientific accomplishments in both written and oral forms is also required. In general, MIMG Graduate Faculty seek to promote accomplishment of these objectives by providing a stimulating work and learning environment in which scientific curiosity is encouraged, scientific questions of significance are investigated, rigorous experimental approaches to problems are designed and executed, data is critically interpreted, and sound and cogent concepts are developed. The MIMG Graduate Program assesses accomplishment of these objectives through several mechanisms including didactic course requirements, required annual research in progress (RIP) scientific presentations, semi-annual meetings with dissertation committee members coupled with submission of mentor summary statements, and dissertation-specific qualifying and defense examinations. The ultimate goal of the MIMG Graduate Program is to produce well-rounded scientists that possess the necessary maturity, experience, and knowledge base to become independent leaders in the biomedical sciences within academia, industry, government, or other health-related career venues. These goals are consistent with the mission of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Medical College of Wisconsin as a whole.