Programs by Campus
Microbiology and Immunology
School of Medicine
Departmental E-mail: sspinola [at] iupui [dot] edu
Departmental URL: http://micro.medicine.iu.edu/
(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin.)
Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
Special Departmental Requirements
(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)
The Graduate Record Examination General Test is required. For the Ph.D.: see IBMS requirements. For the Master of Science degree: undergraduate courses in basic biology, including cell biology and genetics; general and organic chemistry; physics; mathematics, including calculus. Biochemistry is recommended. Deficiencies should be removed during the first year of enrollment. Overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (B).
Master of Science Degree
Course Requirements At least 30 credit hours, including at least 5 credits from among these courses: G715 Biomed I – Biomedical Science I – Biochemical Basis of Biological Processes (3 cr.), G716 Biomed II – Biomedical Science II – Molecular Biology and Genetics (3 cr.), G717 Biomed III – Biomedical Science III – Cellular Basis of Systems Biology (3 cr.) or G817 Molecular Basis of Cell Structure and Function (2 cr.); at least 4 credits from these courses: G729 Introduction to Immunological Systems (1 cr.), G728 Fundamental Concepts of Infection and Pathogenesis (1 cr.), G852 Concepts of Cancer Biology (2 cr.), G720 Stem Cell Biology (2 cr.), J807 Current Topics in Immunology (2 cr.), J829 Current Topics in Microorganisms (2 cr.), J842 Neoplastic Determinants (2 cr.); plus J802 Introduction to Research (2-8 week rotations: one fall, one spring) (2 cr.), G655 Skills - Research Communications Seminar (1 cr.), G855 Skills – Experimental Design and Biostatistics (1 cr.), G505 Responsible Conduct of Research (1cr.), J810 Thesis Research (16 cr.). At least 14 non-thesis credits and 16 thesis credits. Also attend the weekly departmental seminar series, as well as attend and, in their second year present, at the weekly Departmental Research in Progress (RIP); encouraged to attend a journal club in their area of interest.
An overall average of at least a B (3.0). Only 3 credits of C (2.0) can be counted toward the required credits of didactic coursework.
Required at completion of second semester of study.
Required (a minimum of 16 cr of J810).
Oral Defense of thesis.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree
The major focus areas are cellular and molecular immunology and hematology, pathogenesis, and cancer. Students entering the program may design a course of study from one of these areas through a combination of selected course work and research activities.
A total of 90 credit hours, of which a minimum of 26 credit hours must be in courses other than dissertation research. In addition to 3 rotations (G718 Research in Biomedical Science, 6 cr.), each student will take at least 20 credits of coursework, including the 6 core courses (12 credits) required in the IBMG curriculum (G715 Biomedical Science I – Biochemical Basis of Biological Processes [3 cr.], G716 Biomedical Science II – Molecular Biology and Genetics [3 cr.], G717 Biomedical Science III – Cellular Basis of Systems Biology [3 cr.], G655 Research Communications Seminar [1 cr.], G855 Experimental Design and Research Biostatistics [1 cr.], and G505 Responsible Conduct of Research [1 cr.]). An additional 8 credits of relevant course work is required, including the completion of 3 courses from an area of focus within the Department. The following courses are suggested for fulfilling the requirement for training in the focus areas of Immunology, Pathogenesis, or Cancer: G729 Introduction to Immunological Systems (1 cr.), G728 Fundamental Concepts of Infection and Pathogenesis (1 cr.), G852 Concepts of Cancer Biology (2 cr.), G720 Stem Cell Biology (1 cr.), J807 Current Topics in Immunology (2 cr.), J829 Current Topics in the Molecular Genetics of Microorganisms (2 cr.), and J842 Neoplastic Determinants (2 cr.). Students and their advisory committee should decide together on additional relevant elective courses.
Overall average of at least a B (3.0).
A minimum of 12 credit hours in a related field or in life science. These credits must be in lecture or laboratory courses other than research and must meet the requirements of the department in which the minor is taken. For the life sciences minor, a minimum of 6 credit hours must be obtained in one department.
Ph.D. Minor in Cellular and Molecular Biology of Biomedical Systems
A minimum of 12 credit hours of course work outside the student’s major department, including G865 Fundamental Molecular Biology and either G817 Eukaryotic Cell Biology or F705 Molecular and Cellular Physiology (unless these are required by the major department). Since the minor is intended to expose the student to both cellular and molecular biology, at least one course (and preferably two) from each area should be taken. Courses for the minor must be selected from the following list and approved by the advisory committee, the minor representative of which will be selected from outside the student’s major department. Courses: Anatomy D863, D866; Biochemistry B807, B810, G817, B841; Medical and Molecular Genetics Q612, Q620, Q622; Microbiology and Immunology J805, J821, J826, J828, J837, J838; Pharmacology and Toxicology F808, F832, F834, F835, F842, F843; Physiology and Biophysics F705, F710, F724, F765; Graduate G595, G865, G890.
Ph.D. Minor in Cancer Biology
A minimum of 12 credit hours outside of the student’s major department, including two courses from the following list of five: Q622 Cytogenetics of Malignancies (2-3 cr.), F819 Chemical Carcinogenesis (3 cr.), J842 Neoplastic Determinants (2 cr.), G724 Molecular Cancer Genetics (1 cr.), G852 Concepts of Cancer: Signaling Gone Awry (2 cr.), G505 Responsible Conduct of Research must also be taken.
The remainder of the minor will be selected from the following courses: Graduate G715 Biomedical Science I–Biochemical Basis of Biological Processes; G716 Biomedical Science II–Molecular Biology and Genetics; G717 Biomedical Science III–Cellular Basis of Systems Biology; G720 Stem Cell Biology; G726 Developmental Genetics; G729 Immunology I–Introduction to the Immune System; GRAD-G737/ANAT-D851 Introduction to Histology/Histology; G748 Principles of Toxicology 1; G848 Bioinformatics, Genomics, Proteomics, and Systems Biology; G817 Molecular Basis of Cell Structure and Function; G749 Introduction to Structural Biology; G807 Structural and Chemical Biology; G837 Mammalian DNA Repair and Disease; G727 Animal Models of Human Disease; Medical and Molecular Genetics Q620 Human Cytogenetics; Q622 Cytogenetics of Malignancies; Microbiology and Immunology J807 Current Topics in Immunology; J829 Current Topics in Molecular Genetics of Microorganisms; J842 Neoplastic Determinants; Pharmacology and Toxicology F819 Chemical Carcinogenesis; F820 Cancer Chemoprevention.
The minor program must be approved by the student’s Advisory Committee, which will take into consideration the student’s total didactic experience. In the case of combined M.D./Ph.D. students, the Committee may approve substitution of appropriate medical school courses. The minor representative on this Committee will be selected from outside the student’s major department and must be a member of the Cancer Biology Training Program.
Within the first 25 months of studies (18 months for combined M.D./Ph.D.), the student submits a written research proposal in the form of a grant application to the advisory committee. At this time, the student has both a written examination based on course work and an oral examination based primarily on the written research proposal. The student can request an extension of four months from the faculty to take the qualifying examination. Doctoral studies are continued if the qualifying examination and other work, including research, are deemed satisfactory by the majority of the advisory and research committees.
Oral defense of the dissertation.
Submission of a manuscript based on the dissertation research for publication in a primary journal in the field required. Students will develop teaching skills as instructors in J210 during the first two years of graduate training, and additional teaching experiences can be arranged.