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STUDENTS  ::  Studying Microbiology in Canada

Studying Microbiology in Canada

Queen's University

Department Biomedical and Molecular Sciences


Program:   Microbiology and Immunology

Objectives of the Program:

To provide the graduate student with an advanced level of knowledge and research expertise in one or more of the disciplines of virology, immunology, bacteriology, infectious disease microbiology or biotechnology, in combination with a firm understanding of the fundamentals of microbiology and immunology as a whole.

The Department offers programs leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees as well as research programs for individuals at the postdoctoral level (M.D. or Ph.D.). The objectives of the program are to provide the graduate student with an advanced level of knowledge and research expertise in one or more areas of bacterial physiology, microbial & viral genomics & proteomics, immunology, molecular and diagnostic virology, clinical microbiology, immunochemistry, cell cytology, and pathogenesis. This will assist candidates to become competent, independent scientists for careers in research and teaching. Strong ties exist with groups located in local public health and hospital laboratories and allied University departments.

Research Facilities

The Department is located in the University Health Sciences Complex (Botterell Hall) which also houses the medical library and other basic science departments. It occupies approximately 20,000 square feet of laboratory space, and is well equipped for fundamental research in bacteriology, immunology and virology. See http://microimm.queensu.ca/people/faculty.htm for a listing of faculty members and their research interests.

List of Faculty Sam Basta PhD – Virus-host interactions focusing on determining key features of the immunobiology of antigen presenting cells that allow for efficient induction of host antiviral immune responses.

Bruce Banfield PhD- Molecular characterization/analysis of viral proteins important in signal transduction in herpes simplex virus, varicella-zoster virus and pseudorabies virus.

Eric B. Carstens PhD – Cellular and molecular biology of viral replication, including roles and interactions of viral and host cell components in viral replication, diversity within a host and host range..

Anne Croy PhD- Functions, mechanisms of activation and lineage relationships of immune competent cell populations that home to the maternal-fetal interface during mammalian pregnancy.

Andrew Daugulis PhD- Cell culture engineering, protein expression, partitioning bioreactors for biosynthesis and bioremediation, bioprocess development, modeling and simulation of bioreactors.

Bruce Elliott PhD- The role of scatter factor/HGF autocrine loops, and cell adhesion-based signaling cascades in the development of invasive breast cancer.

Anne Ellis MD- Dr. Ellis’ research programs currently focuses on the development of biomarkers predictive of future atopy in umbilical cord blood as well as local and systemic mechanisms of allergic rhinitis. She is affiliated with AllerGen, a National Centres of Excellence in allergic diseases and is also involved in clinical trials utilizing the Environmental Exposure Unit (EEU) at Kingston General Hospital.

Gerald Evans MD- Clinical trials of new antimicrobials for use in the treatment of human infectious diseases. Antimicrobial therapy of community-acquired pneumonia and human herpesvirus infections.

Katrina Gee PhD - Function of the IL-12 family of cytokines during human inflammatory responses
Ken F. Jarrell PhD - Ultrastructural, genetic and biochemical studies of surface structures (flagella and pili) and flagella assembly from methanogenic Archaea, with special focus on posttranslational modifications.

Nancy L. Martin PhD – Understanding how Salmonella typhimurium, a common cause of food poisoning, senses and adapts to changes in environments relevant to infection.
Elaine Petrof MD- Our lab is interested in the study of commensal bacteria, probiotics and the effects of intestinal bacteria on inflammation, to better understand the protective role of commensal gut flora under conditions of inflammation and stress.

R. Keith Poole PhD - Bacterial multidrug efflux pumps and their role in antibiotic and biocide resistance and treatment failure. Mechanisms of resistance to aminoglycoside antibiotics in the cystic fibrosis pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa..

Leda Raptis PhD - Signal transduction in cell transformation and adipocytic differentiation.

Myron R. Szewczuk PhD – Novel role of mammalian Neu1 sialidase in the activation of TOLL-like and tyrosine kinase receptors.
Virginia Walker PhD- Freeze-thaw tolerance and cold survival of microbial communities.

Wendy Wobeser MD- Dr. Wobeser has considerable expertise in the fields of HIV and Tuberculosis. She maintains clinical studies in the field of HIV and epidemiologic studies of Tuberculosis.

Special Appointees and Adjunct Faculty:

Renee Finnan PhD: Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Anna Majury DVM PhD: Kingston Public Health Laboratories

Financial Support Available

All potential applicants having first class (over 80%) averages are highly encouraged to apply to the Ontario Graduate Scholarship program. All eligible students with averages over 80% are also encouraged to apply to the CIHR and NSERC Scholarship programs. All students in this Department are eligible for Queen's University scholarships only if they have applied for external support.

Most successful applicants to this Department have some form of external scholarship funding, the remainder are supported by individual Faculty members’ research operating grants. The minimum guaranteed stipend is $21,000 annually for PhD programs for the first 4 years and $19,000 annually for MSc programs for the first 2 years. Students often receive more than the minimum stipend as a result of securing additional sources of support such as national scholarships and teaching assistantships.. Depending upon need and the availability of funds a limited number of teaching assistantships are also available. The majority of these are worth about $2500/laboratory instructed (1 term).

Admissions and Enquiries Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences
Room 915, Botterell Hall
18 Stuart St.
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
Web: http://dbms.queensu.ca/

Diane Sommerfeld, Graduate Program Assistant
Phone: (613) 533-6000 x74836
Email: diane.sommerfeld@queensu.ca

Nancy Martin, Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (613) 533-2460
Email: nancy.martin@queensu.ca

Web: http://microimm.queensu.ca/

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