Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

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Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics

Graduate Program

Degrees offered: Master of Science (limited availability); Doctor of Philosophy

Program Admission Requirements: Students enter the graduate program in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics through the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences. Admission to this program is based on undergraduate achievements in science and mathematics courses, performance on national examinations, and research experience. The Interdisciplinary Program provides students with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of cell biology, biochemistry, and molecular genetics before they choose a dissertation research mentor. Students who choose a mentor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics will enter the department upon satisfactory completion of a written mock research proposal and an oral qualifying examination.

Fields of Research: The following areas of research in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics offer excellent opportunities for graduate dissertation projects:

  • Molecular biology of bacterial pathogenesis
  • Molecular genetics of human viruses
  • Cellular and molecular analysis of the immune response
  • Molecular mechanisms of gene expression
  • Molecular genetics of yeast
 

Graduate studies in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics encompass a formal academic education in molecular cell biology, integrated with laboratory research in a chosen field of study. Research interests in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics span many areas of the molecular aspects of bacteriology, genetics, immunology, and virology. The Ph.D. degree program in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics focuses on research; graduate students have no formal teaching duties.

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is located in the basic science research building of the Medical College of Wisconsin. The Department is fully equipped to conduct virtually every aspect of modern molecular and microbiological research, including the sequencing, cloning, and expression of nucleic acids, protein purification, polymerase chain reaction, computer-aided analysis of nucleic acids and proteins, high performance liquid chromatography, ultracentrifugation, liquid scintillation and other instrumentation for quantitating radioactivity, spectroscopy, cell culture, and transmission and scanning electron microscopy. The faculty, fellows, technical staff, and students also utilize several core research facilities on campus, which perform micro-protein sequencing, flow cytometry, and the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and peptides.

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