Cutting-edge research. World-renowned faculty.
Faculty and students in UToledo's expanding Department of Microbiology and Immunology conduct research that may lead to new vaccines and drugs, as well as healthier communities.
The Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at The University of Toledo is an exciting place to be. UToledo graduate students are mentored by some of the brightest research minds in the world.
Our department is growing, thanks to the efforts of our nationally and internationally renowned faculty. Faculty members conduct research on infectious diseases, inflammatory disorders and organ transplant rejection. Our goal: help develop new vaccines and treatments that protect human health.
The medical microbiology and immunology track (MMIM) is part of the biomedical sciences program in UToledo's College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Students may pursue a:
Full financial support. Medical microbiology and immunology graduate students are fully supported by a graduate research stipend. This allows students to focus exclusively on their research projects. Doctoral students receive full-tuition scholarships, as well.
Teaching opportunities are available for students interested in careers in education.
Collaborative research. Our faculty and students work with infectious disease and immunology experts on regional, state, national and international research projects.
Communication skills. The [Toledo] Blade newspaper publishes monthly articles by our biomedical science graduate students. Through this partnership, our students learn to communicate about their research in terms the public can understand, which is an important skill for careers in science. After their stories were published, some students were asked to speak to veteran and patient groups.
Our students also present their research at local, regional, national and international conferences. All students are mentored and encouraged to publish their research results in peer-reviewed, scientific journals.
Active student groups. Network and learn. Most of our grad students participate in The University of Toledo Graduate Student Association and the Council of Biomedical Graduate Students, which holds an annual graduate research forum.
State-of-the-art facilities. The medical microbiology and immunology program is located on The University of Toledo Health Science Campus. Students use state-of-the-art technologies in modern, well-equipped labs to understand complex microbiology and immunology problems. Facilities include:
UToledo faculty recognize that an M.S. or Ph.D. in medical microbiology and immunology opens doors to a wide range of career options. Students receive individualized training and mentoring based on their career goals, whether they want to pursue:
Graduates of UToledo's graduate program have been offered post-doctoral fellowships and research positions at prestigious institutions, including:
M.S. and Ph.D. students take courses focused on infectious diseases, immunology and host-pathogen interactions. Students complete a core curriculum of concentrated course work during the first year. M.S. students join a lab by December of the first year. Ph.D. students join a lab by March of the first year. Elective courses are taken and intensive laboratory research is conducted in the second year and beyond.
Students also participate in:
All graduate students in UToledo's medical microbiology and immunology department conduct research and start working in labs during their first years. Most students publish their research in peer-reviewed journals.
UToledo's medical microbiology and immunology faculty members are internationally recognized in their fields. They have strong records of graduate student and post-doctoral Fellow mentoring.
Faculty research interests include: