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Immunology & Microbiology Concentration

Program of Study

The Advanced Concentration in Immunology and Microbiology is one of the six programs for advanced studies in biomedical sciences in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. The program offers graduate training in cellular and molecular immunology including immunopathology, immunogenetics, and autoimmunity and in microbiology, including virology, bacteriology, microbial genetics, and microbial pathogenesis.

The program is designed for maximum flexibility in the educational experience of the individual student and provides broad opportunities for training in immunology and microbiology, emphasizing both the cellular and molecular aspects.  Following admission, students complete a year of common interdisciplinary core curriculum of classroom studies.  In addition, the students participate in seminars, journal clubs, and research rotations. At the end of the first year students choose a research advisor from a total of approximately 200 faculty members belonging to the basic science departments of the College of Medicine and the College of Dentistry.  Dissertation research is conducted with the advice of a supervisory faculty member and a supervisory committee.  The program is expected to require four to five years of graduate study.  During this time, students are expected to pass a qualifying examination indicating proficiency in immunology, microbiology and cellular and molecular biology, and to present a dissertation thesis on original research.

The faculty members of the Immunology & Microbiology advanced concentration occupy research space in the College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, and Veterans Administration Medical Center in Gainesville.  

Suggested Courses for First-Year Students: Students interested in pursuing bacteriology, virology, or immunology research as a student in the Immunology & Microbiology advanced program are strongly encouraged to register in the spring semester of their first year for two four-credit, semester-long courses: Infectious Diseases (GMS 6121) and Principles of Immunology (GMS 6140). A major impetus for students to participate in both courses simultaneously is the significant integration between the classes that will be included in the twice weekly discussion sessions. It is our goal that these courses will provide the foundation for each aspect of our advanced curriculum. We expect students in the advanced courses of all MSI three tracks (Bacteriology, Immunology, and Virology) to have the knowledge obtained from these two courses. 

First-year students with very strong backgrounds in immunology and/or microbiology may begin taking advanced courses after discussing their educational background and goals with an Advanced Concentration Co-Director or the Associate Dean for Graduate Education.  Instructor’s consent must be obtained before registering for courses.

Suggested Courses for Advanced Students: Most Immunology & Microbiology students are expected to take about four of the six minimum required credits of advanced coursework within the Immunology & Microbiology concentration offerings, but the final selection is determined by the student and approved by the student’s supervisory committee.  Advanced graduate courses that are organized by the Immunology & Microbiology advanced concentration and may be taken to fulfill the minimum advanced course requirement of at least 6 credits beyond the first year are listed at the following two web pages:

Fall Semester Advanced Courses Spring Semester Advanced Courses

Please note that additional changes are being planned for the advanced curriculum, and some other classes may move between the Fall and Spring semesters!
For students interested in bacteriology, GMS 6038, Bacterial Genetics & Physiology (1 credit) is offered in the Fall.  GMS 6121, Infectious Diseases (4 credits), a comprehensive introduction to bacteriology and bacterial pathogenesis including a week each of virology and mycology, is offered in the Spring.  The Pathobiology Department at the College of Veterinary Medicine offers a “three pack” of advanced modules focused on the molecular pathogenesis of specific parasitic or bacterial diseases (see GMS 6464 & GMS 6934) in the Spring.  Additional Spring courses include GMS 6040, Host-Pathogen Interactions (1 credit) and GMS 6181, Special Topics – Antimicrobial Strategies (1 credit).

For students interested in virology, a “three pack” of advanced modules is offered in the Spring (GMS 6034, GMS 6035, GMS 6036).

Fall semester advanced modules will include:  GMS 6382, Advanced Cellular and Molecular Immunology;  GMS 6030, Autoimmunity;  and GMS 6040, Host-Pathogen Interactions.

Journal Club: The Immunology & Microbiology journal club meets each Thursday at 12:00-1:00 p.m. during the Fall semester (room R2-265).  All Immunology & Microbiology students are required to register for the Immunology & Microbiology journal club (GMS 6921, Immunology/Microbiology Journal Colloquy) each Fall semester beginning in their second year.  Most Fall semester journal club presentations are usually based on a general theme, e.g. vaccines, immune response to infection, emerging pathogens.
Immunology & Microbiology students must also register for a journal club in the Spring semester, but they may register for the “specialty” journal club of their choice, e.g. immunology, bacteriology, virology, HIV, etc.


Correspondence and Information

Co-Directors, Immunology & Microbiology Advanced Concentration
Richard C. Condit, Ph.D. Clayton E. Mathews, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Sebastian Family Professor for Diabetes Research Associate Professor, Departments of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Florida College of Medicine University of Florida College of Medicine
P.O. Box 100266 P.O. Box 100275
Gainesville, FL 32610-0266 Gainesville, FL 32610-0275
Phone:  (352) 273-9523 Phone:  (352) 273-9269
E-mail:  condit@mgm.ufl.edu Email: cxm@ufl.edu or clayton.mathews@pathology.ufl.edu
   
Graduate Secretary  
Kristin Minkoff  
Office:  R2-220  
Phone:  273-6380  
E-mail:  MGM-GradEd@mgm.ufl.edu  

NOTE: These contacts are for detailed information about the Immunology & Microbiology Advanced Concentration only. All inquiries concerning admission to the IDP must be directed to the IDP Admissions office at idp@ufl.edu. More information on admissions is also available on the IDP Admissions Page.


The Faculty and their Research

For a list of faculty members in the Immunology & Microbiology advanced program, please click here.  Faculty names link to faculty web pages.