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DEPARTMENT OF IMMUNOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Immunology and Infectious Diseases
P.O. Box 173610
Bozeman, MT 59717
Tel: (406) 994-4705
Fax: (406) 994-4303
iid@montana.edu

Graduate Coordinator
J.J. Obar

Department Head
M.T. Quinn

Professors
• M.E. Hardy; virology
• A.G. Harmsen; pulmonary immunology
• M.A. Jutila; immunopathology
• M.T. Quinn; pharmacology
• D.W. Pascual; mucosal immunology

Associate Professors
• B. Lei; bacteriology
• E.E. Schmidt; molecular genetics

Assistant Professors
• R.A. Cramer; fungal pathogenesis
• R.J. Mattix (adjunct); veterinary medicine.
• J.J. Obar; immunology
• J.M. Voyich-Kane; bacteriology
• B. Wiedenheft; molecular biology

Degrees Offered

M.S. in Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Ph.D. in Immunology and Infectious Diseases

The Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IMID) uniquely combines expertise in the study of pathogen biology, host defense, cell biology and use of small and large animal models. Four areas broadly encompass the scope of IMID research:

  • Molecular and genetic studies of animal and pathogen biology
  • Understanding molecular pathways of communication between pathogen and host
  • Regulation of host immune responses in human and animal diseases
  • Uncovering molecular mechanisms of pathogen virulence

IMID conducts one of the premier infectious disease research programs in the Northwest, as demonstrated by the success of our faculty in competing nationally for extramural grant funding and publishing high-impact papers. Research funding comes from a range of sources such as the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation and the Montana Agricultural Experimental Station among others. Over the past five years, IMID averaged over $10 million for annual research expenditures. IMID is also home to an NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Zoonotic and Emerging Infectious Diseases, which provides substantial core facilities and training opportunities for junior investigators. IMID is housed in a state-of-the-art facility with core laboratories for flow cytometry, cell biology, and molecular sciences, as well as pathogen containment facilities for small (BSL-3) and large animal research (ABSL-2). Instrumentation suites house equipment for DNA sequencing, genomic analysis, flow cytometry and cell sorting, and confocal microscopy.

The Department sponsors undergraduate programs in Animal Biotechnology and Pre-Veterinary training and M.S. and Ph.D. programs that emphasize training in cell biology, molecular pathogenesis, immunology, and infectious disease. Weekly seminars are offered by the department and the Frank N. Nelson Distinguished Lecture Series brings many accomplished scientists to Montana State University.

Admission

For detailed information, refer to the Admission Policies and Application Requirements sections. The IMID Core Committee will screen all applications and make recommendations to the Graduate Dean for acceptance to the IMID graduate program. Successful applicants are accepted into both the department and the College of Graduate Studies.

In addition to the documents required in the Application Requirements section, the Graduate Core Committee will consider the applicant's research experience and the potential of the applicant to complete an appropriate program of study and an independent research project. The final disposition of each application will also take into account other factors, such as the availability of research positions (stipends).

The Graduate Core Committee, IMID faculty, and the IMID head will decide on the acceptability of all applicants. The Graduate Core Committee will serve as the "advisor" for all students accepted into the program during their first year of study.

Program Requirements

Graduate students in IMID are expected to have a basic understanding of biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, and microbiology. The Master of Science degree requires a minimum of twenty (20) course credits and ten (10) credits of Master's Thesis research beyond the baccalaureate degree as specified below. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

1. A maximum of 3 credits of 400-level coursework may be applied to the M.S. degree.

Required 400-level coursework Credits

BCH 441

Biochemistry
(Required, or satisfactory undergrad equivalent)

3 credits
BIOB 401

Immunology
(Required, or satisfactory undergrad equivalent)

3 credits
STAT 401 Statistics (Elective) 3 credits
BIOB 424 Ethical Practice of Science 3 credits

2. There are 18 credits of required 500-level coursework for the M.S. degree.

Required 500-level coursework Credits

BIOM 501 Principles and Techniques in Animal Experimentation 3 credits
BIOB 524 Ethical Practice of Science 3 credits
IMID 594 Seminar 2 credits
IMID 501 Advanced Immunology 3 credits
IMID 505 Gene Expression 3 credits
IMID 525 Microbial Pathogenesis 4 credits

3. A minimum of 3 credits of elective 500-level coursework is required for the M.S. degree.

Elective Coursework Credits(examples)

BCH 524 Mass Spectrometry 3 credits
BCH 543 Proteins 3 credits
BCH 544 Molecular Biology 3 credits

4. A minimum of 10 credits of IMID 590 (Master’s Thesis) is required for the M.S. degree.

Master’s Thesis Research Credits

IMID 590 Master’s Thesis 10 credits

Graduate students enrolled for the Ph.D. degree are required to take at least 26 credits of coursework and 34 credits of doctoral Thesis Research credits as specified below. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

1. 9 credits of 400-level coursework may be applied to the Ph.D. degree.

Required coursework Credits

BCH 441

Biochemistry
(Required, or satisfactory undergrad equivalent)

3 credits
BIOB 401

Immunology
(Required, or satisfactory undergrad equivalent)

3 credits
STAT 401 Statistics (Elective) 3 credits
BIOB 424 Ethical Practice of Science (Required) 3 credits

2. There are 23 credits of required 500-level coursework for the Ph.D. degree.

Required coursework Credits

BIOB 501 Principles & Tech of Animal Exp 3 credits
BIOM 524 Ethical Practice of Science 3 credits
IMID 594 Seminar 1 credit
IMID 501 Advanced Immunology 3 credits
IMID 505 Gene Expression 3 credits
IMID 521 Laboratory Rotation 1 2 credits
IMID 522 Laboratory Rotation 2 2 credits
IMID 523 Laboratory Rotation 3 2 credits
IMID 525 Microbial Pathogenesis 4 credits

3. A minimum of 3 credits of elective 500-level coursework is required for the Ph.D. degree.

Elective Coursework Credits

BCH 524 Mass Spectrometry 3 credits
BCH 543 Proteins 3 credits
BCH 544 Molecular Biology 3 credits
MEDS 523 Molecular Cell Disease 4 credits

4. 34 credits of IMID 690 (Doctoral Thesis) is required for the Ph.D. degree.

Doctoral Thesis Research Credits

IMID 690 Doctoral Thesis 34 credits

Candidates for either the M.S. or Ph.D. degree are required to pass qualifying examinations prepared by the members of their advisory committee. Refer to the For Master's Students and For Doctoral Students sections for further degree requirements.

Research

The research problem will be chosen in consultation with the student's thesis or dissertation advisor. Research areas include molecular biology and immunology, bacteriology, cell biology, parasitology, genetics, biochemistry, ultrastructural cytology, virology, and immunopathology, among others. Specialized equipment and facilities include large and small animal isolation units, a flow cytometry core facility, automated DNA sequencers, proteomics and genomics instrumentation, a microscopy core, numerous analytical equipment, multiple tissue-culture and histopathology laboratories.

Financial Assistance

Normally, all students accepted into the IMID graduate program are offered graduate stipends funded by State sources and research grants obtained by IMID faculty. Teaching assistantships are normally not available. Appointments are made on a 12-month basis. Beginning stipends are supported at a level of $22,000 per year plus tuition, health insurance, and other fees.

See the Graduate Assistantship sections for detailed information on appointment criteria.

 


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