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http://www.immunobiology.iastate.edu

 

Immunobiology Interdepartmental Graduate Program

Program Chair & Director of Graduate Education: Dr. Jesse Hostetter

Program Coordinator: Katie Blair

Email: idgp@iastate.edu

Phone: (515) 294-7252

 

 

Graduate Study in Immunobiology

 

Work is offered for the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees with a major in Immunobiology.  Faculty are drawn from eight university departments along with researchers from the National Animal Disease Center.  Participating departments include: Animal Science; Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology; Biomedical Sciences; Entomology; Kinesiology; Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine; Veterinary Microbiology & Preventative Medicine; and Veterinary Pathology.  The diversity of faculty expertise ensures a broad education, while offering flexibility in choice of specialization.  Ongoing research projects include areas such as: antibody and cell-mediated immunity, gene expression, immunochemistry, immunogenetics, immunomodulation, immunophysiology, mucosal immunity and nutritional immunology.  Additional information about program faculty members is available at: www.immunobiology.iastate.edu.


Students may enter the Immunobiology program in one of two ways; prospective students may apply directly to the major, or current ISU graduate students may be admitted as a co-major or minor in Immunobiology.  Ph.D. students admitted into the Interdepartmental Immunobiology major will take IMBIO 697 Graduate Research Rotation, during their first two semesters.  From these rotations the student will select a major professor and join a home department.  Affiliating with a major professor is done by the end of the second semester. 

Before entering the Immunobiology program, prospective students should have a strong background in the biological sciences; typically including work in immunology, genetics and biochemistry.   Prior research experience is highly encouraged.  The submission of GRE General Test scores is required for admission.
 

Immunobiology students should include in their program of study a core of courses which will provide a broad coverage of the basic program in immunobiology.  Formal courses should include immunology, biochemistry, and statistics.  Additional coursework may be selected to satisfy individual interests or departmental requirements.  The foreign language and teaching requirements are determined by the student’s home department.  All students will take a minimum of one seminar course per fall and spring semester.
 

Graduates of the Immunobiology program will have a broad understanding of the interdisciplinary field of immunobiology, and will be able to effectively integrate the principles of immunology with related disciplines. They are able to effectively communicate with scientific colleagues and the general public in both formal and informal settings. Graduates are able to integrate theory and research to address complex problems facing scientific professionals studying animal and human health, taking into account related ethical, social, legal and environmental issues. They are skilled at carrying out research, communicating research results, and writing persuasive grant proposals.
 

Curriculum Requirements for Immunobiology Doctoral Students

Ph.D. candidates majoring in Immunobiology must take at least 72 graduate credits. This 72 credits includes the below core course requirements and applicable research credits earned. Credits taken during a student's M.S. program in Immunobiology at Iowa State University will count towards their Ph.D. in Immunobiology.

Ph.D. students should take each of the following:

BBMB 405Biochemistry II3
IMBIO 602Current Topics Workshop in Immunology Repeated each Fall1
IMBIO 604Seminar in Immunobiology Repeated each Spring1
IMBIO 699Researcharr †
STAT 401Statistical Methods for Research Workers4
V MPM 615Molecular Immunology3
V PTH 554Ethics in Scientific Research and Writing1
† Arranged with instructor.

 

Take one of the following two:

V MPM 520Medical Immunology I4
V MPM 575Immunology3

 

Take at least five credits from the following approved electives:

BBMB 645Molecular Signaling2
GDCB 528Advances in Molecular Cell Biology3
V MPM 540Livestock Immunogenetics2
V MPM 608Molecular Virology3
V MPM 625Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis4
V MPM 629Advanced Topics in Cellular Immunology2
V PTH 655Cellular and Molecular Pathology I3
V PTH 656Cellular and Molecular Pathology II3

 

Curriculum Requirements for Immunobiology Master's Students

All M.S. students majoring in Immunobiology are required to complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits.   These 30 credits includes core course requirements and applicable research credits earned.  The requirements for M.S. students are the same as that for Ph.D. students with the exception of the elective credits.  M.S. students are required to take at least two credits of electives as opposed to the five credit minimum for Ph.D. students.

 

Curriculum Requirements for a Minor in Immunobiology at the PhD Level

Graduate students studying at Iowa State University with an interest in completing an Immunobiology minor for their Ph.D. studies are required to take a total of 12 credit hours of coursework including core courses and approved electives.

Students must be approved for the minor by the Immunobiology program and must follow Graduate College guidelines for POS Committee membership.

Graduate students wishing to seek a minor in Immunobiology are encouraged to contact the Immunobiology Interdepartmental Graduate Program Coordinator for further information. Inquiries can be submitted to: idgp@iastate.edu. 

Immunobiology Minor Curriculum at the Ph.D. Level Includes:

One course from each of the following two categories:

Category A:

V MPM 520Medical Immunology I4
V MPM 575Immunology3

  Category B:

V MPM 615Molecular Immunology3
V MPM 629Advanced Topics in Cellular Immunology2

 

 One enrollment in the following:

IMBIO 602Current Topics Workshop in Immunology1

 Minimum of 4 credit hours from any of the following approved electives:

BBMB 645Molecular Signaling2
GDCB 528Advances in Molecular Cell Biology3
V MPM 540Livestock Immunogenetics2
V MPM 608Molecular Virology3
V MPM 625Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis4
V MPM 629Advanced Topics in Cellular Immunology2
V PTH 655Cellular and Molecular Pathology I3
V PTH 656Cellular and Molecular Pathology II3

 

 

Courses

Courses for graduate students:

IMBIO 602. Current Topics Workshop in Immunology.

(1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.
Lectures provided by off-campus experts. Students are required to participate in discussion sessions with lecturers.

IMBIO 604. Seminar in Immunobiology.

(1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable. S.
Student and faculty presentation.

IMBIO 690. Special Topics.

Cr. arr. Repeatable.
Advanced study of specific topics in specialized field of immunobiology.

IMBIO 697. Graduate Research Rotation.

Cr. arr. Repeatable.
Graduate research projects performed under the supervision of selected faculty members in the Interdepartmental Immunobiology major.

IMBIO 699. Research.

Cr. arr. Repeatable.