The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Western University is dedicated to the study of microorganisms and the immune system. Faculty explore the structure, chemistry, genetics, and behaviour of bacteria, viruses, protozoa, mammalian cells, and the immune system. They apply the techniques of microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, and cell biology to both fundamental and medical problems. We study not only many interesting microorganisms, but how they behave in the environment or how they influence the immune system. Areas of health research studied include diabetes, arthritis, gene therapy, tumor biology, viral host interactions, resistance of cancer cells to chemotherapeutic agents, pathogens in the hospital setting, genetic control of cell surfaces of microbes, autoimmunity, and cell-to cell communication during the immune response. The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers courses to explore many of these topics. Education of future scientists, health care professionals, and informed citizens is an important mandate of our Department.
Information concerning our courses and program is available from this site, if you cannot find the answers, a member the our Undergraduate Education Committee would be pleased to assist you: Email firstname.lastname@example.org (put “counseling request” in the subject line). The Departmental Office is located in Room 3014 Dental Sciences Building. The telephone number is 519.661.3427.
This program leads to the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) degree. The Department also participates in the Bachelor of Medical Sciences non-discipline specific streams. Our Honors fourth year program is intended for students who have performed at an above-average level in their preparatory courses (cell biology, microbiology, immunology, genetics, and biochemistry) and who are keen to explore one or more of these areas in depth. Advanced coverage of bacteriology, genetics, immunology, and virology is given in a series of half courses. These courses are also open to any student in the BSc or BMSc programs with the necessary prerequisites. Advanced laboratory training is given in the core course Microbiology and Immunology 4970E.