Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2006

MICROBIOLOGY

The Ph.D. program in Microbiology is designed to prepare candidates for research careers in academics, industry, and government laboratories. The program has at its heart a close student-mentor relationship that allows for the maximum flexibility in the development of independent and creative scientists.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate program is competitive and is based upon academic background, professional recommendations, performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), experience, and when possible, personal interviews. Students should have completed an undergraduate degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, engineering, mathematics, neurosciences, physics, pharmacy or psychology. It is recommended that students have completed undergraduate courses in organic chemistry, physical chemistry, calculus, physics, and the biological sciences.

Students will have the opportunity to join faculty research programs across a spectrum of topics including: pathogenic microbiology, virology, cancer cell and molecular biology and cellular and molecular immunology. Specific research areas include microbial physiology, bacterial pathogenicity, cellular and molecular immunology, tumor immunology, lymphocyte differentiation, membrane biology, molecular virology, molecular genetics and gene regulation. Students will utilize the techniques of molecular biology, genetic engineering, genomics, array technology, transgenic technology, hybridoma technology and fluorescence-activated cell sorting. The program of study is tailored to the individual background and career goals of the student and stresses an interdepartmental approach both in the selection of courses and in the pursuit of research. The most important aspect of the doctoral program is an independent research thesis under the direction of the student's mentor. Students are expected to participate in graduate seminars, journal clubs, research seminars; to interact with visiting scholars; and to present the results of their research at local and national meetings. Financial aid is available for qualified students.

All students pursuing degrees in the biomedical sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine are admitted through the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Curriculum (IBS). This first-year core curriculum provides broad-based exposure to biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, cell signaling and integrated physiology and flexibility in selecting a research emphasis among 125 faculty in the Biomedical Sciences. Students select their doctoral degree program at the completion of the first year core curriculum from among the departments of Anatomy and Neurobiology; Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics; Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology; Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry; and Physiology. Inquiries regarding admission should be directed to the Director, Integrated Biomedical Sciences Curriculum, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY 40536-0298. Information regarding the Microbiology program may be obtained from the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY 40536-0298, (800-462-5257) or the Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics Web site: <www.mc.uky.edu/microbiology/>.

GRADUATE COURSES

MI 494G IMMUNOBIOLOGY (SAME AS BIO 494G) (3)

MI 590 CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR PHYSIOLOGY (SAME AS PGY 590) (4)

MI 595 IMMUNOBIOLOGY LABORATORY (SAME AS BIO 595) (2)

MI 598 CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY (SAME AS PAT 598) (3)

MI 601 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR GENETICS (SAME AS BIO/BCH/PLS/PPA 601) (1)

MI 604 EXPERIMENTAL GENETICS (SAME AS IBS 605) (2)

MI 611 BIOPATHOLOGY (SAME AS BIO 611) (3)

MI 615 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (SAME AS BIO/BCH 615) (3)

MI 616 BIOLOGY AND THERAPY OF CANCER (SAME AS MED 616) (3)

MI 618 MOLECULAR NEUROBIOLOGY (SAME AS ANA/PGY/BIO 618) (4)

MI 685 ADVANCED IMMUNOBIOLOGY (SAME AS BIO 685) (3)

MI 707 CONTEMPORARY TOPICS IN IMMUNOLOGY (SAME AS BIO 707) (2)

MI 710 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MICROBIOLOGY (2-3)

MI 720 MICROBIAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION (SAME AS BIO/OBI 720) (4)

MI 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

MI 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (SAME AS MB 749) (0)

MI 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR MASTER'S DEGREE (SAME AS MB 768) (1-6)

MI 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (SAME AS MB 769) (0-12)

MI 772 SEMINAR IN MICROBIOLOGY (SAME AS BIO 772) (0-1)

MI 798 RESEARCH IN MICROBIOLOGY (SAME AS BIO 798) (1-9)

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