The Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of British Columbia provides a stimulating environment in which to pursue a graduate or undergraduate research program. Our faculty is internationally recognized for contributions in microbiology, molecular biology and immunology. Students will have the opportunity to experience the most up-to-date molecular approaches to the study of problems in microbiology and immunology.
The Department is about to move into the Life Science Centre (LSC) and at the same time create a cooperative interdepartmental system as the foundation for generating interdisciplinary research opportunities. The LSC will be home to over 80 research groups coming from UBC Departments in the Faculties of Science and Medicine.
The facilities available at UBC include newly renovated laboratories, a large common media preparation room and glassware washing facility, excellent mechanical and electrical workshops, a pilot fermentation plant 25 and 150 liter fermenters, a well equipped computer room, level C containment facilities, a large animal facility and a reading room containing an excellent selection of recent journals. Individual research labs are well equipped to carry out the most modern techniques in microbiology, molecular biology and immunology. The Department maintains a large amount of common equipment such as ultracentrifuges and scintillation gamma counters. A transmission electron microscope and scanning electron microscope are available in a dedicated microscope facility. Department members have a protein sequenator, a DNA synthesizer and a fluorescence-activated cell sorter at their disposal. The new fermentation and process engineering group of the Biotechnology Laboratory will provide new opportunities for those interested in large scale bacterial and mammalian cell culture.
List of Faculty
Ninan Abraham Ph.D. - Cytokine (IL-7) function; immunodeficiency and lymphoma
J. Thomas Beatty Ph.D. – Regulation of gene expression, protein structure/function
Brett Finlay Ph.D. - Bacterial pathogenesis in Salmonella and E. coli
Timothy Galitski Ph.D. - Modelling global structure/function of biomolecular systems
Erin Gaynor Ph.D. - Molecular mechanisms of Campylobacter jejuni pathogenesis
Michael Gold Ph.D. - B cell development, survival, activation, and migration
Steven Hallam - wild microbial metabolism
Robert Hancock Ph.D. - Cationic host defense peptides, innate immunity, novel antimicrobial therapies, P. aeruginosa genomics
John Hobbs Ph.D. - Director Nucleic Acid Protein Service Unit (NAPS)
Leroy Hood Ph.D. - Molecular biotechnology and genomics; ISB president
Marc Horwitz Ph.D. - Viral immunopathology, coxsackievirus
Jim Kronstad Ph.D. - Fungal biology/pathogenesis (Cryptococcus and Ustilago)
François Jean Ph.D.- Antimicrobial therapy, Hepatitis C, SARS, West Nile virus
Wilf Jefferies Ph.D. - Iron transport; virus-MHC interactions
Pauline Johnson Ph.D. - T cell activation; leukocyte adhesion and migration
William Mohn Ph.D. - Degradation of pollutants by microorganisms
Michael Murphy Ph.D. - Bacterial metal uptake and denitrification
John Smit Ph.D. - Caulobacters S-layer function and secretion biotechnology
George Spiegelman Ph.D. - Transduction of environmental signals
Curtis Suttle Ph.D. - Marine microbiology and virology
Hung-Sia Teh Ph.D. - T cell developmental biology and immune regulation
Dr. Charles Thompson Ph.D. - Antibiotic resistance, developmental states of Mycobacterium and Streptomyces
Gerald Weeks Ph.D. - Ras proteins in growth and differentiation of Dictyostelium
Financial Support Available
UBC offers and administers many programs that provide financial help to graduate students.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies administers academic merit-based funds to graduate students, including University Graduate Fellowships, Killam Fellowships and affiliated awards, NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR and other external awards, and department-recommended awards. Also, Student Financial Assistance and Awards administers financial need-based funding to graduate students.
Admissions and EnquiriesUBC Faculty of Graduate Studies 180-6371 Crescent Road
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2 Phone: 604.822.2848 Fax: 604.822.5802
Graduate Applications Committee, or the Graduate Co-ordinator Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of British Columbia
1365 - 2350 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z3 Phone: 604.822.3308 Fax: 604.822.6041 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org