|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5|
|IGPBS||All Fall Core Courses (MICR801, MICR802, MICR803)
At least one Spring Course (MICR808, MICR820, MICR825)
|Seminars & Presentations||IGPBS||Presentation of 2 SLS (1 per semester; MICR830), Participation in MBS and RIP Series||Presentation of 2 SLS (1 per semester, MICR830), Participation in MBS and RIP Series||Participation in MBS and RIP Series||Participation in MBS and RIP Series|
|Lab Work||Rotations in 3 laboratories (≥6 weeks or per IGPBS schedule)**||Research in Microbiology (MICR835)||Research for Ph.D. in Microbiology (MICR990), after Qualifying Exam||Research for Ph.D. in Microbiology (MICR990)||Research for Ph.D. in Microbiology (MICR990),
Dissertation for Ph.D. in Microbiology (MICR999)
|Committee Meetings||Dissertation Committee Meeting||Dissertation Committee Meeting||Dissertation
|Exams||Module Exams||Course Exams||Course Exams (if needed)
Qualifying Exam (Preproposal deadline: Sept. 1.)
*Time lines for transfer students will be designed on a case-by-case basis.
**Students recruited by and admitted directly into a specific laboratory are not required to rotate.
MICR 801 Principles of Immunology. (1 credit) Description of the cellular and molecular basis of immunity, the nature of immune recognition and immune cell activation, and the role the immune system plays in health and disease.
MICR 802 Principles of Virology. (1 credit) Molecular biology of viruses, including the fundamentals of viral genomes and genetics, the viral life cycle and virology techniques, especially viral vectology.
MICR 803 Principles of Bacteriology. (1 credit) Bacterial cell structure, molecular genetics of bacteria and phages, DNA repair, genetic exchange, gene regulation, protein secretion, antibiotics, and bacterial pathogenesis.
MICR 805 Teaching in Higher Education. (1 credit) Theoretical and practical aspects of teaching in a graduate degree program with emphasis on program and curriculum design, student assessment, communicating learning expectations, selecting optimal teaching methods aligned with expectations, understanding diverse learning styles, apprenticeship teaching, developing as a teacher and applying contemporary educational theory to the classroom or research laboratory. Prerequisite: Any graduate degree or current enrollment in a graduate degree program or permission of instructor.
MICR 808 Immunology. (3 credits) Molecular and cellular aspects of immunity. Specific topics will include immunoglobulin and receptor structure/function, attributes of antigenicity, antigen-antibody reactions, immunocompetent cells, cellular interactions, soluble mediators of immune responses, and normal and abnormal immune regulation. Prerequisite: Principles Courses (MICR 801-803) or permission of course director.
MICR 820 Bacterial Genetics and Pathogenesis. (3 credits) Genetics of bacteria with emphasis on bacterial pathogens. Topics include: gene regulation, recombination, bacteriophages, transposons, genetic exchange, plasmids, genetics of virulence, bacterial adherence and colonization, immune evasion mechanisms, bacterial toxins, vaccines and antimicrobials, re-emerging bacterial diseases. Prerequisite: Principles Courses (MICR 801-803) or permission of course director.
MICR 825 Virology. (3 credits) Literature-based course. Students will bring their knowledge/training in virology to a more sophisticated and advanced level by reading, presenting and critically discussing papers that represent original research in the field of modern virology, including research conducted by KUMC virologists. Specific topics of the course include mechanisms of viral replication, antivirals, virus infection and induced host response, and viruses and microRNAs. Prerequisite: Principles Courses (MICR 801-803) or permission of course director.
MICR 855 Host-Pathogen Interactions. (3 credits) Basic concepts of host-pathogen interactions, with an emphasis on pathogen adhesion, invasion and intracellular survival, cell death pathways, innate immunity, and extracellular matrices. Prerequisite: Principles Courses (MICR 801-803) or permission of course director.
MICR 835 Research in Microbiology. (1-6 credits) This course is specifically designed to provide research experience in various laboratories in the department.
MICR 890 Research for M.A. in Microbiology. (1-10 credits) This course is designated for thesis research leading to the M.A. degree.
MICR 899 Thesis for M.A. in Microbiology. (1-10 credits) Restricted to writing of the thesis.
MICR 930 Advanced Topics in Microbiology. (1-8 credits) An advanced approach to selected topics in any of the major disciplines in microbiology. Readings and conferences, or advanced laboratory techniques.
MICR 990 Research for Ph.D. in Microbiology. (1-10 credits) This course is restricted to dissertation research.
MICR 999 Dissertation for Ph.D. in Microbiology. (1-10 credits) This course is restricted to actual writing of the dissertation.
CORE 810 Inflammation & Immunity. (4 credits) for M.D./Ph.D. students; identical to the Inflammation & Immunity module of the Year 1 M.D. curriculum.
CORE 850 Infectious Diseases. (6 credits) for M.D./Ph.D. students; identical to the Infectious Disease module of the Year 2 M.D. curriculum.