Microbiology (MICR)

https://colsa.unh.edu/mcbs/microbiology

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.S.

This program is offered in Durham.

The Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Science offers a master’s of science and a doctor of philosophy degrees in microbiology. Graduate students in microbiology are typically supported by teaching or research assistantships, as well as by competitive internal and external fellowship programs.  For more information about the program, including admission and degree requirements, please contact the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences at mcbs.dept@unh.edu.

Distinctive Features of the Program

Research opportunities are available in many cutting-edge microbiology research areas. Incoming students have the opportunity for laboratory rotations with Microbiology program faculty in those cases where a thesis advisor has not been identified or where exposure to a variety of experimental approaches is advantageous.

The Graduate Program in Microbiology offers:

  • Outstanding research training in a broad range of areas, including: host-microbe interactions environmental microbiology, virology and immunology, signal transductionmicrobial ecology,evolution, genetics and genomics.
  • Weekly seminar series that includes both distinguished invited speakers and graduate student research presentations.
  • Opportunities to gain teaching and mentoring experiences with undergraduate students in the biological sciences.
  • Strong track record for graduates attaining careers in academia, research institutes, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and state and federal governmental agencies.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are expected to have had adequate preparation in the biological and physical sciences. This typically includes general and organic chemistry, physics, one semester of calculus, a year of general biology, a semester or more of biochemistry, and general microbiology. Formal courses in quantitative analysis and statistics are recommended. Applicants with deficiencies in these background courses who are admitted to the program may be required to complete appropriate coursework without graduate credit. Applicants must submit a personal statement, current scores (within five years) from the general GRE test, and three letters of recommendation. If possible, the personal statement should specify the applicant's research interests and potential faculty mentors. International applicants living outside the U.S. should initially complete a free online pre-application. If approved for a full application, applicants must submit current TOEFL scores in addition to the items listed above. Each applicant to the graduate program must be sponsored by a Microbiology graduate program faculty. A mutual decision for assignment to a graduate research advisor is expected before the second semester of study.

Microbiology (MICR)

MICR 805 - Immunology

Credits: 3

An introduction to the fundamental mechanisms of the immune system with applications in basic research, medicine and public health. Topics include the mechanisms of induction, regulation, and expression of the cellular and humoral immune responses, antigen-antibody reactions, immunogenetics, immunopathologies, and immunodeficiencies. Prereq: introductory microbiology and lab.

MICR #806 - Virology

Credits: 3

Principles of animal and selected plant and bacterial virology in relation to infection and disease. Emphasizes the molecular biology of viruses, vital replication, isolation, propagation, assay, pathogenesis, diagnosis, detection, epidemiology, and control. Prereq: introductory microbiology and lab.

MICR 808 - Virology Laboratory

Credits: 2

Principles of animal and selected plant and bacterial virology in relation to infection and disease. Emphasizes the molecular biology of viruses, vital replication, isolation, propagation, assay, pathogenesis, diagnosis, detection, epidemiology, and control. Prereq: introductory microbiology and lab.

MICR 815 - Immunology Laboratory

Credits: 2

This applied immunology laboratory course highlights both historic and current methodologies important for both elucidation and diagnosis of immune function. Techniques used to study phagocytodsis, antibody production, immunodiffusion, and T-cell function will be introduced. Applications of the antibody technologies to other scientific disciplines (ELISA, immunofluorescence microscopy, immunoblotting, etc.) will also be covered. Prereq: introductory microbiology and lab. Special fee.

MICR 895 - Special Topics

Credits: 1-4

Advanced studies in specific areas. Prereq: permission. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 credits.

MICR 899 - Master's Thesis

Credits: 1-10

May be repeated up to a maximum of 10 credits. Cr/F.

MICR 999 - Doctoral Research

Credits: 0

Cr/F.