Microbiology and ImmunologyMaster of Science (MSc)
Supervisor: Martin McGavin
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
My graduate program gives me the confidence I need in order to succeed, as it enables me to further my knowledge base and improve my analytical skills. The skills and expertise I have gained through my graduate program will prove to be invaluable during my future endeavours.
Where’s your favourite place on campus?
My favourite place to work on campus is Taylor library. It’s easy to find a comfortable spot that is conducive to focusing on my work, and it’s close to food and coffee when I need a break.
Describe your research.
My research is focused on understanding how Staphylococcus aureus responds to and evades innate defence mechanisms in order to persist on human hosts. One factor known to play a vital role in the intrinsic defence mechanisms of S. aureus is the Resistance-Nodulation-Division (RND) superfamily of efflux pumps. In addition to conferring resistance to host defences and a wide range of antimicrobial agents, RND efflux pumps are also thought to promote critical physiological processes. The goal of my research is to characterize the two RND pumps operating in S. aureus and assess their relevance to pathogenesis.
Do you belong to any university or community groups?
I take part in intramural sports at Western, which is a really fun way to get involved and meet new people. So far I have played soccer, slo-pitch, and dodgeball.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
If you’re fascinated about the field and are excited about the opportunity to learn more about it, then apply. Don’t get too caught up in thinking about how much time it will take to achieve your goals, or how much work it will be along the way. Take one day at a time and cultivate your passion. Don’t underestimate the value of education!
Program ContactUmera Ali (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Graduate Program Assistant
Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyWestern University
Dental Sciences Rm 3014
London, Ontario N6A 5C1
t. 519-661-2111 ext. x83228
Western’s Graduate Program in Microbiology and Immunology offers research-intensive, thesis-based graduate training at the Masters' and the Doctoral level. We possess world class facilities and a motivating training environment, with high profile research programs overseen by internationally distinguished faculty members. The Graduate Program of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology revolves around two major fields of scientific endeavour: i) The molecular and cellular biology of microorganisms, and ii) The molecular and cellular biology of the immune system. These fields involve studies on bacteria, virus, parasites, cancer cells, and immune cells with an emphasis on molecular biology, biochemistry, and pathogenesis. This 2-year program is intended for students who are interested in a research career or who are interested in acquiring research skills.
- 6 Terms (2 years)
- Full-time study
- Thesis-based and project-based
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
- Honours Bachelor degree, or equivalent, in Microbiology, Immunology or some other biological sciences program. Holders of MD, DDS, or DVM degrees are also eligible to apply.
- Minimum high B average from the undergraduate degree.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- February 1 - Fall Term
- July 31 (pending spots remaining) - Fall Term
- March 31 - Summer Term
- November 1 - Winter Term
Fields of Research
- Cellular and Molecular Biology of Microorganisms
- Cellular and molecular Biology of the Immune System