Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Curriculum Overview

Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences: 
Medical Microbiology and Immunology Track
Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Z. Kevin Pan, Ph.D.,  Chair
Z. Kevin Pan, Ph.D.,  Co-Track Director
Jason Huntley, Ph.D.,  Co-Track Director
 
The Medical Microbiology and Immunology (MMIM) (formerly Infection, Immunity and Transplantation) training program at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences on the Health Science Campus offers PhD, MD/PhD, and MSBS degrees through the Biomedical Science interdisciplinary degree program.  The primary goal of the doctoral program in Medical Microbiology and Immunology is to train students for independent careers in bacteriology, virology, and immunology research and/or teaching.
 
MMIM PhD students enroll in a 1st year core curriculum that provides a comprehensive overview of biochemistry/protein biology, molecular and cellular biology, molecular basis of diseases, research methodology, ethics, and statistical analyses.  PhD students complete three laboratory rotations during their 1st year and join a MMIM laboratory during the spring semester of their 1st year.  In the 2nd year and beyond, MMIM PhD students take advanced and elective courses, including advanced immunology, advanced microbiology, current topics in MMIM (journal club and departmental seminar series), and dissertation research.  Other training activities include formal research presentations at annual Medical Microbiology and Immunology Departmental retreats, Council for Biomedical Graduate Student research forums, and presentations at regional, national, and international conferences.  All PhD students in good academic standing (GPA > 3.0) may be supported by a tuition scholarship and stipend during their academic training.  This financial assistance does not require the student to be a Teaching Assistant for undergraduates, thus enabling the student to concentrate on his/her graduate research.  Teaching experiences can be arranged if a student desires this training as well.  All PhD students are required to the complete a written dissertation and defend his/her research project at a final oral defense before the degree will be conferred.
 
MMIM students are strongly encouraged to join laboratories of MMIM primary faculty.  Other faculty in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences may have joint appointments in MMIM or may serve on graduate advisory committees.  After joining a laboratory, a graduate advisory committee is jointly chosen by the student and advisor to promote academic progress toward completion of the PhD degree.  The MMIM Department occupies recently-renovated space and maintains state-of-the-art equipment to answer complex microbiology and immunology questions, including studies on host-pathogen interactions and immune-mediated diseases.
 
 
Year 1:  PhD Students
(Note: “Current Problems and Research Approaches” abbreviated as ‘CPRA’ below)
Fall Semester    (all are required) 
Course                           Course Name Credit Hours  
n/a                                   Introduction to Biomedical 0  
BMSP8330 CPRA in Proteins 2.5  
BMSP8340 CPRA in Genes and Genomes 2.5  
BMSP8360 CPRA in Cell Membranes 3  
BMSP8380 Methods in Biomedical Sciences 3  
INDI8020 "On Being a Scientist" 1  
BMSP8390 Mentored Research   (two 5-week lab rotations) 1  
  Fall Total   13  
 
 
 
Spring Semester    (all are required) 
Course                           Course Name Credit Hours  
BMSP8310  Systems Pathophysiology I 2.5  
BMSP8320 Systems Pathophysiology II 2.5  
BMSP8350 CPRA in Cell Biology and Signaling 3  
BMSP8390 Mentored Research  (one 5-week lab rotation) 1  
MMIM8030 Current Topics in MMIM 1  
  Spring Total   10  
 
All students must pass MMIM ‘100 Question Exam’ by June 30th of their 1st year
 
Summer Semester    (all are required) 
Course                           Course Name Credit Hours  
BMSP7320 Statistical Methods I 3  
MICB8890 Independent Study in Microbiology 0-3  
BMSP8390 Mentored Research(if additional 5-week rotation necessary) 0-1  
 Summer Total           6  
 
Year 2:  PhD Students
 
Fall Semester    (all are required)
Course Course Name Credit Hours  
MMIM8020 Advanced Immunology 1  
MMIM8030 Current Topics in MMIM 1  
MMIM8890 Independent Study in MMIM 7  
  Fall Total …………………………………………….. 9  
 
All students must pass Qualifying Exam by the end of fall semester (December) of their 2nd year
 
Spring Semester    (all are required)
Course Course Name Credit Hours  
MMIM8040 Advanced Microbiology 1  
MMIM8030 Current Topics in MMIM 1  
MMIM9990 Dissertation Research 7  
  Spring Total   9  
 
Summer Semester    (all are required)
Course Course Name Credit Hours  
MMIM9990 Dissertation Research 6  
  Summer Total   6  
 
Year 3 and above:  PhD Students
 
Fall Semester    (all are required)
Course Course Name Credit Hours  
MMIM8030 Current Topics in MMIM 1  
MMIM9990 Dissertation Research 8  
  Fall Total   9  
 
 
Spring Semester   (all are required)
Course Course Name Credit Hours  
MMIM9990 Dissertation Research 8  
MMIM8030 Current Topics in MMIM 1  
  Spring Total   9  
 
Summer Semester    (all are required)
Course Course Name Credit Hours  
MMIM9990 Dissertation Research 6  
  Summer Total   6  
 
Notes about MMIM PhD Program:
All PhD students must pass their Qualifying Exam by the end of the Fall semester (December) of the 2nd year.  Prior to completing the exam, students should conduct dissertation research by registering for either Independent Study in Microbiology (graded; MICB8890) or Independent Study in MMI (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory; MMIM8890).  After passing the Qualifying Exam, students should conduct their research by registering for Dissertation Research (MMIM9990).
 
The minimum number of credits required for a PhD is 90, with a minimum of 25 credits of didactic coursework (letter grade), and a minimum of 30 credits of dissertation research.  The rest of the credits are approved electives and research in the Medical Microbiology and Immunology track.
 
All PhD students are required to register for Current Topics in MMIM (MMIM8030) during all fall and spring semesters while they are enrolled as a student.  When a student’s graduate advisory committee approves that he/she may begin writing their dissertation, that student then may be exempt from registering for Current Topics in MMIM.
 
 
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences:  Medical Microbiology and Immunology Track
The Medical Microbiology and Immunology (MMIM) (formerly Infection, Immunity and Transplantation) track participates in the Masters in Biomedical Sciences training program.  MSBS students are expected to complete a 1st year core curriculum similar to that of doctoral students, but MMIM MSBS students join a laboratory after one or two rotations and fewer elective courses are required during the 2nd year.  The primary goal of the MSBS program in Medical Microbiology and Immunology is to train students in the basic techniques required to perform bacteriology, virology, and immunology research and/or teaching.  MSBS students are required to obtain a minimum of 40 credit hours in didactic and other courses, including a minimum of 10 credit hours of thesis research for the MSBS degree.  MSBS students also are required to successfully pass a qualifying exam by the end of summer of their 1st year and to write and defend a research thesis before the degree will be conferred.  MSBS students typically complete the degree requirements in 2-3 years.
 
Year 1:  Masters Students:
(Note: “Current Problems and Research Approaches” abbreviated as ‘CPRA’ below)
 
Fall Semester    (all are required) 
Course                           Course Name Credit Hours  
n/a   Introduction to Biomedical Research  
BMSP8330 CPRA in Proteins 2.5  
BMSP8340 CPRA in Genes and Genomes 2.5  
BMSP8360 CPRA in Cell Membranes 3  
BMSP8380 Methods in Biomedical Sciences 3  
INDI8020 "On Being a Scientist" 1  
BMSP8390 Mentored Research  (one 5-week lab rotation, one additional 5 week lab rotation if necessary) 1  
  Fall Total   13  
 
Spring Semester    (all are required) 
Course                           Course Name Credit Hours  
BMSP8310  Systems Pathophysiology I 2.5  
BMSP8320 Systems Pathophysiology II 2.5  
BMSP8350 CPRA in Cell Biology and Signaling 3  
MICB8890 Independent Study in Microbiology 1  
MMIM8030 Current Topics in MMIM 1  
  Spring Total   10  
 
All students must pass MMIM ‘100 Question Exam’ by June 30th of their 1st year
 
Summer Semester   (all are required)
Course Course Name Credit Hours  
BMSP7320 Statistical Methods I 3  
MICB8890 Independent Study in Microbiology 3  
  Summer Total   6  
 
All MSBS students must pass Qualifying Exam by the end of summer semester (August) of their 1st year
 
Year 2:  Masters Students
 
Fall Semester    (all are required) 
Course                           Course Name Credit Hours  
MMIM6030 Current Topics in MMIM 1  
MMIM6990 Thesis Research 7-8  
MMIM6020 Advanced Immunology  (optional) 1  
  Fall Total   9  
 
Spring Semester    (all are required) 
Course                           Course Name Credit Hours  
MMIM6030 Current Topics in MMIM 1  
MMIM6990 Thesis Research 7-8  
MMIM6040 Advanced Microbiology  (optional) 1  
  Spring Total   9  
 
Summer Semester   (all are required)
Course Course Name Credit Hours  
MMIM6990 Thesis Research 6  
  Summer Total   6  
 
Year 3 (if necessary):  Masters Students
Fall/Spring Terms (9 credits each), Summer (6 credits)
 
Summer Semester   (all are required)
Course Course Name Credit Hours  
MMIM6990 Thesis Research 9 Fall and Spring, 6 Summer  
  Total   9 Fall and Spring, 6 Summer  
 
The minimum number of credits required for MSBS is 40, with a minimum of 25 credits of didactic coursework (letter grade), and a minimum of 10 credits of thesis research.  The rest of the credits are approved electives and research in the Medical Microbiology and Immunology track.
Last Updated: 6/7/18