Education

The Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology provides high quality biomedical scientific education and opportunities to perform pioneering research.  This enables our diverse body of students and scholars to develop into scientific leaders in the international biomedical arena.  Areas of educational activity include:

  • Summer and academic year research opportunities for undergraduates;
  • Our faculty provides instruction in biochemistry for the School of Medicine's Post Baccalaureate Program, which encourages diversity in health care professions by increasing the number of physicians from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds;
  • Graduate-level courses in our several disciplines;
  • Graduate research training via our M.S. and Ph.D. programs;
  • Basic science education for first and second year medical students;
  • Research opportunities for medical students;
  • Postdoctoral research opportunities
  • Postgraduate medical education that includes didactic sessions and research training.

In all of our programs, students learn how to work independently and collaboratively on complex, multidisciplinary biomedical problems, in the context of high standards in research and scholarship.  Our educational programs facilitate development of critical skills such as experimental design, robust application of classical and modern methods, data analysis, performing research in accordance with the highest ethical standards, and preparation of data for written and oral presentation in high-quality venues.  Students can take advantage of our convenient access to outstanding core facilities, including facilities for imaging, flow cytometry, molecular biology, and proteomics, and to research resources within the department.

We have a long tradition of student participation in and presenting data at national and international scientific conferences, and of them ultimately assuming positions of significant responsibility in academia, industry, and government.