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STUDENTS  ::  Studying Microbiology in Canada

Studying Microbiology in Canada

University of Calgary

Department Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

Overview The Faculty of Medicine employs a multidisciplinary approach to medical research, education and medical care. This is made possible by Research groups which blend basic and clinical research and provide the Faculty with an excellent opportunity for transferring knowledge from the laboratory to the bedside and the community providing a unique training and mentoring environment for students, postdoctoral associates and faculty.

Researchers in the Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (MID) perform research on microbial pathogenesis, epidemiology, host response, diagnosis, therapy and prophylaxis of microbial infections.

Research Facilities Excellent research facilities in the Health Sciences Centre and the Heritage Medical Research Building allow for the exploration of all aspects of medical microbiology including access to patient material in collaboration with practicing infectious disease clinicians. The Health Sciences Centre contains more than 27,870 net square meters of teaching and research space including multidisciplinary laboratories. The Heritage Medical Research Building, funded by the Alberta Heritage Foundation, provides an additional 20,744 square meters of space. The design of this building is also based on multidisciplinary laboratories.

List of Faculty Emma Allen-Vercoe PhD - Contributions of the normal flora to the etiology of inflammatory bowel disease

Glen D. Armstrong PhD - Studies on how pathogenic microbes or their toxins identify and exploit host cell receptors and how to use this information in developing superior anti-infective drugs

Kris Chadee PhD - Biochemical and immunological methods to study Entamoeba histolytica, a protozoan parasite that affects one percent of the world's population.

Rebekah DeVinney PhD - Cellular Microbiology: E. coli O157:H7 and Vibrio parahaemolyticus interactions with intestinal epithelial cells

Julie D. Fox PhD - Persistence and activation of betaherpesviruses, molecular epidemiology of respiratory and enterovirus infections, development and application of molecular-based assays for microbial diagnosis

May Ho MD - Cytoadherence, the process by which Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes (IRBC) adhere to vascular endothelium, malaria, adhesion molecules, immunoregulation, pathogenesis

Taj Jadavji, MD - Physician-patient communication, trends in antibiotic resistance, emerging pathogens, Kawasaki Disease - typical and atypical, post-graduate education, international health

Shawn Lewenza, PhD – Microbial pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections. Understanding the process of biofilm formation and inhibition. Virulence gene regulation and environmental sensing.

Norman F. Neumann Ph.D - Bacterial waterborne diseases, disinfection and treatment of drinking water, environmental monitoring of pathogens, public health surveillance of waterborne diseases.

Pere Santamaria, MD PhD - Immunogenetics, autoimmunity, type 1 diabetes, T-cells, T-cell receptor, T-cell tolerance, T-cell receptor transgenic mice, human - leukocyte antigen polymorphism

Anthony B. Schryvers MD, PhD - Biochemistry, medical microbiology, bacteriology, infectious diseases, meningitis, iron acquisition receptors, receptor-ligand interactions

Yan Shi, MD, PhD - Endogenous adjuvants and their uses

Pamela A. Sokol PhD - Siderophore-mediate iron transport systems, regulation of bacterial virulence factors, vaccine development, quorum sensing

Michael G. Surette PhD - Bacterial signal transduction, chemotaxis and motility, quorum sensing, intercellular communication, biochemistry, and molecular biology

Peter A.G. Tilley MD - The use of molecular methods, including sequencing, in the characterization of infections, particularly atypical respiratory infectious and zoonotic infections

Guido van Marle PhD - Viral diversity and pathogenesis

Donald E. Woods PhD - Bacterial pathogenesis, molecular analysis of virulence determinants, genetic regulation of bacterial virulence, pathogenomics

Financial Support Available All students will receive financial support for the entire 12-month period of their annual registration, all supervisors must provide a minimum stipend of $17,850/yr.

The sources of financial support include:

- Scholarships
- Graduate Research Scholarships [GRS] support from the Faculty of Graduate Studies
- Graduate Assistant Teaching [GA(T)] support for teaching assistants
- Supervisor trust funds called Graduate Assistant Trust [GA (Trust)].

The amount of support is governed by the agency providing the funds. The number of GRS and GA(T) based support units [1 unit= 4 months of support] is expected to be limited. GRS support units will be awarded by the Graduate Education Committee based on excellence as indicated by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The GA(T) support is available for a teaching assistant for MDSC 612. The student must have already completed this course to be eligible for the GA(T) award.

Priority for allocation of GRS support will be to incoming students. This allows them time to familiarize themselves with the Department research activities and course work and to eventually apply for external funding. It is the Department's expectation that students will obtain external funding after the first year or be supported by a supervisor's trust funds. Therefore, students in both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs will normally be limited to 2 units of GRS support.

The major external funding agencies are:

- Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Studentships
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research Studentships
- Alberta Ingenuity Fund Studentships
- iCore
- NSERC (previously Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Admissions and Enquiries Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
University of Calgary
Room 272, Heritage Medical Research Building
3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N1

Phone: 403-220-4572
Fax: 403-270-2772

Graduate Program Coordinator
Julie Boyd
Room 272, Heritage Medical Research Building
3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N1

Phone: 403-220-4572
Fax: 403-270-2772
Email: midgrad@ucalgary.ca

Web: http://www.med.ucalgary.ca/webs/microinfect/index.html

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