Graduate study in microbiology is designed to help students become highly qualified in microbiology and immunology research and education. Admitted graduate students usually pursue the Ph.D.
Graduate study is offered in four general subdisciplines: bacteriology, immunology, virology, and parasitology. Areas of emphasis within the subdisciplines include bacterial and viral pathogenesis, microbial genetics and physiology, innate and cellular immunity, and bioinformatics. Opportunities for interdisciplinary training are available both within and outside the department allowing students to gain broad experience during their course of study.
The Department of Microbiology cooperates with other University of Iowa departments to provide students ample access to diverse course offerings, seminars, and research programs. For example, microbiology students may participate in courses and seminars in immunology, infectious diseases, genetics, bioinformatics, molecular and cellular biology, biocatalysis/biotechnology, and electron microscopy.
All students admitted to advanced degree programs are expected to assist in departmental teaching.
The Doctor of Philosophy program is being revised for fall 2016 admission. Details about the program are not yet available.
The Doctor of Philosophy program in microbiology requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate-level course work. Students may apply up to 33 s.h. of graduate credit earned at another institution towards the 72 s.h. requirement, subject to approval by the Graduate Student Advisory Committee. Ph.D. students are required to earn a minimum of 12 s.h. in graduate-level courses (numbered 5000 or above) with letter grades, offered by the Department of Microbiology and other departments. Students are required to enroll in MICR:7263 Graduate Student Research Seminar each fall and spring semester throughout the entire duration of their training. Additional course requirements depend on students' interests and guidance from their Ph.D. advisory committee.
Students in the Ph.D. program must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00. If the g.p.a. falls below 3.00, based on a minimum of at least 6 s.h. of graded course work, the student is assigned an unsatisfactory status. Students have the next 6 s.h. of graded course work to restore their g.p.a. to a minimum of 3.00. Students who fail to restore their g.p.a. to the required 3.00 may still be able to remain in the program by switching to the M.S. program provided that a g.p.a. of at least 2.80 is maintained.
During their first year, students perform three rotations in the laboratories of the training faculty members in the Department of Microbiology. Students are advised by the director of graduate students and the Graduate Student Advisory Committee. At the end of their first year, students choose a research mentor who also serves as the chair of their Ph.D. committee. The Ph.D. committee provides intellectual and research guidance for student training.
Students also must pass a comprehensive examination before the end of their fourth semester, write a dissertation based on their own research, and defend it satisfactorily in an oral examination.
Graduate-level courses offered by the Department of Microbiology include the following.
|MICR:6247||Graduate Immunology and Human Disease||4|
|MICR:6259||Graduate Bacteria and Human Disease||3|
|MICR:6260||Graduate Molecular Microbiology||3|
|MICR:6267||Graduate Viruses and Human Disease||4|
|MICR:6268||Biology and Pathogenesis of Viruses||2|
|MICR:6270||Graduate Microbial Genetics||3|
|MICR:6279||Graduate Bacterial Diversity and the Human Microbiome||3|
|MICR:7222||Advanced Topics in Prokaryotic Biology Module 2||1-2|
|MICR:7261||Graduate Research in Microbiology||arr.|
|MICR:7263||Graduate Student Research Seminar||1|
Applicants should have a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.00 in a field of study broadly related to biomedical and/or microbiological sciences. It is preferable that students have some exposure to course work in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and computer science. Students with backgrounds in other areas may be admitted and encouraged to complete relevant course work during their graduate studies as deemed appropriate by an advisory committee. Admission to the microbiology program is determined through a review of each candidate and formal vote by the admissions committee. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.
Graduates in the microbiology field pursue careers in government, hospitals, public health laboratories, research laboratories, and industrial laboratories (dairy, food, chemical, genetic engineering, and pharmaceutical companies). Possibilities exist for college and university teaching positions.
The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.