Immunology & Medical Microbiology

https://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/micro/

Introduction

Every day of our lives, we are exposed to microbes such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites.  For the most part we suffer no disease or symptoms from these organisms, and they often go un-noticed. The single system in the body that allows life to continue in the face of these assaults is the immune system. The immune system is the network of cells and their biological processes that enable the body to recognize diseased cells or the invasion by microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites, and prions) and eliminate them. The scientific discipline called Immunology is the study of this system, and Medical Microbiology is the study of the disease states induced by the invasion of microorganisms. Collectively, these two disciplines address how humans and other mammals respond to infectious disease. These scientific disciplines have become the cornerstone for many industries - including the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical and public health industries. These are all areas of particular emphasis and are being targeted for further development in West Virginia.

Educational Objectives

The Bachelor of Science degree in Immunology and Medical Microbiology will prepare students from diverse backgrounds to serve as professionals that are knowledgeable about the immune system of humans and other mammals, how the immune system functions, and the consequences of its malfunction on the health of the host. Knowledge of the immune system will be fully integrated with an excellent understanding of the diversity of microorganisms that cause disease in humans and other mammals and mechanisms of disease pathogenesis. Graduates will possess the laboratory skills and knowledge needed to assess the functional status of the immune system and to safely cultivate and identify microorganisms that cause disease in mammals. Graduates will be qualified to pursue several professional career paths in private industry, state and federal government, and academic institutions. The degree can also provide a strong foundation to progress to advanced studies leading to a Masters or professional degree.

Relationship of the Objectives to the Mission of WVU

The Bachelor of Science degree in Immunology and Medical Microbiology directly fulfills many of the stated objectives in the Strategic Plan for WVU, the WVU Health Sciences Center and the WVU School of Medicine. It will be a financially viable, new, innovative and dynamic educational program that provides a unique opportunity to earn a degree in Immunology and Medical Microbiology for both in-state and out-of-state undergraduate students. Its learner centered curriculum will integrate both classroom and hands-on laboratory experiences. Graduates of the program will provide the state of West Virginia with a well-trained healthcare and research workforce who have the education and experience to work in a variety of occupations that require knowledge in immunology, medical microbiology and related disciplines.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must fulfill all requirements for admission to WVU and the IMMB program:

Click here to view the Suggested Plan of Study

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.75 is required in all coursework
First Year Studies Requirement
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
GEF Requirements 1, 4, 5, 6, and 718
BIOC 339Introduction to Biochemistry4
BIOL 115Principles of Biology4
BIOL 117Introductory Physiology4
BIOL 219The Living Cell4
BIOL 324Molecular Genetics3
Select one of the following sequences:8
Fundamentals of Chemistry
and Fundamentals of Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry
and Principles of Chemistry
CHEM 233Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 234Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 235Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM 236Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
Select one of the following:3
Applied Calculus
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
Calculus 1b with Precalculus
Calculus 1
Calculus 2
Select one of the following sequences:8
Introductory Physics
and Introductory Physics
General Physics
and General Physics
STAT 211Elementary Statistical Inference3
or STAT 215 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
or ECON 225 Elementary Business and Economics Statistics
IMMB 150Microbiology Colloquium 12
IMMB 200Immunology Colloquium 12
IMMB 250Microbiology Colloquium 22
IMMB 300Immunology Colloquium 22
IMMB 301Basic Medical Microbiology4
IMMB 302Principles of Immunobiology3
IMMB 310Bacterlal Pathogenesis4
IMMB 320Cellular Immunobiology3
IMMB 400Senior Colloquium 11
IMMB 405Scientific Integrity1
IMMB 410Microbial Genetics3
IMMB 420Molecular Immunobiology5
IMMB 494Seminar1
IMMB 450Senior Colloquium 21
IMMB 460Contemporary Issues for Majors3
IMMB 470Medical Virology3
IMMB 484Senior Thesis (fulfills Writing and Communication Skills and Capstone requirements)3
Choose 9 credits from the following IMMB approved Electives9
Parasitology
Professional Field Experience
Research
General Microbiology
Environmental Microbiology
Applied Water Microbiology
Food Microbiology
and Food Microbiology Lab
Biometry
Advanced Cellular/Molecular Biology
Communicating Natural Science
Neuroscience 1
Biochemical Basis of Therapeutics
Molecular Endocrinology
Epigenetics
Medical Genetics
Genomics
Molecular Biology of Cancer
Bioinformatics
Science of Food Preparation
Food Service Systems Management
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MATH 150 (GEF 3)3ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
CHEM 115 (GEF 8)4CHEM 116 (GEF 2)4
WVUE 1911IMMB 1502
BIOL 115 (GEF 8)4BIOL 1174
GEF 4, 5, 6, or 73GEF 4, 5, 6, or 73
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 2333CHEM 2343
CHEM 2351CHEM 2361
BIOL 2194IMMB 2502
IMMB 2002PHYS 102 (GEF 8)4
PHYS 1014GEF 4, 5, 6, or 73
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3 
 17 13
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOC 3394BIOL 3243
IMMB 3002IMMB 3104
IMMB 3014IMMB 3203
IMMB 3023GEF 4, 5, 6, or 73
Elective (IMMB approved)3Elective (IMMB Approved)3
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
STAT 2113IMMB 4051
IMMB 4001IMMB 4501
IMMB 4103IMMB 4603
IMMB 4205IMMB 4703
IMMB 4941IMMB 4843
 Elective (IMMB approved)3
 13 14
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Goals

immunology & medical microbiology

Goal 1: The Bachelor of Science in Immunology and Medical Microbiology program is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the basis of the mammalian immune system and how it functions to protect the body from infectious agents in conjunction with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of pathogens.

Goal 2: Students will be prepared to serve as professionals that are knowledgeable about the immune system of humans and other mammals, how the immune system functions, and the consequences of its malfunction on the health of the host. 

Goal 3: Students’ knowledge of the immune system will be fully integrated with an understanding of the diversity of microorganisms that cause disease in humans and other mammals and mechanisms of disease pathogenesis. 

Goal 4: Graduates of the program will provide a well-trained healthcare and research workforce who have the education and experience to work in a variety of occupations that require knowledge in immunology, medical microbiology, and related disciplines.

Goal 5: Graduates will possess the laboratory skills and knowledge needed to assess the functional status of the immune system and to safely cultivate and identify microorganisms that cause disease in mammals.  

Goal 6: Graduates will be well-suited for various educational or career options. They will be qualified to work as immunologists or microbiologists in many diverse fields – including biotechnology research and industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the medical industry, the public health arena, academia, and various state and federal government agencies. 

Goal 7: Graduates will be well prepared for advanced graduate or professional school education and training including public health, medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy.

IMMB 150. Microbiology Colloquium 1. 2 Hours.

Peer and faculty-led learning experiences to introduce students to the disciplines of immunology and medical mircobiology.

IMMB 200. Immunology Colloquium 1. 2 Hours.

Peer and faculty-led learning experiences to introduce students to the discipline of immunology.

IMMB 250. Microbiology Colloquium 2. 2 Hours.

PR: IMMB 150. Peer and faculty-led learning experiences to continue to introduce students to the discipline of medical microbiology.

IMMB 300. Immunology Colloquium 2. 2 Hours.

PR: IMMB 200. Peer and faculty-led learning experiences to continue to introduce students to the discipline of immunology.

IMMB 301. Basic Medical Microbiology. 4 Hours.

Combined lectures and laboratory exercises on the study of pathogenic microorganisms and clinical laboratoy techniques.

IMMB 302. Principles of Immunobiology. 3 Hours.

Study of the basic concepts underlying the mechanisms of innate and adaptive immunity.

IMMB 310. Bacterlal Pathogenesis. 4 Hours.

Pathogenic bacteiology with an emphasis on the mechanicms of pathogenesis. Topics include microbial adherence, motility, toxin production and mechanisms, and normal flora and disease.

IMMB 320. Cellular Immunobiology. 3 Hours.

Emphasis on understanding the cellular elements that impact immune responses. This course builds on fundamental principles discussed in IMMB 302 to address areas of current research in immunobiology.

IMMB 327. Parasitology. 2 Hours.

(For medical tehnology students; other students with consent.) Study of animal parasites and disease wectors with empasis on disease manifestations, parasite biology, and laboratory diagnosis.

IMMB 350. Microbiology Colloquium 3. 2 Hours.

PR: IMMB 250. Peer and faculty-led experiences to introduce students to the disciplines of medical microbiology.

IMMB 400. Senior Colloquium 1. 1 Hour.

Review and discussion on current immunology and medical microbiology literarure. Seniors are required to lead one discussion session before graduation.

IMMB 405. Scientific Integrity. 1 Hour.

Discussion and review of topics addressing fundamental issues in maintenance of scientific integrity in biomedical research.

IMMB 410. Microbial Genetics. 3 Hours.

Molecular aspects of mutation, gene transfer mechanisms, genetic mapping, and genetic control using bactaria and bacteriophage systems as models.

IMMB 420. Molecular Immunobiology. 5 Hours.

Study of the structure and function of the families of molecules employed by the immune system to recognize and initiate the immune response and the signaling pathways within the cell involved in the immune system.

IMMB 450. Senior Colloquium 2. 1 Hour.

Review and discussions on current immunology and medical microbiology literature. Seniors are required to lead one discussion session before graduation.

IMMB 460. Contemporary Issues for Majors. 3 Hours.

Detailed coverage for major issues of contemporary research in immunobiology.

IMMB 470. Medical Virology. 3 Hours.

Molecular biology of viruses that are important both biologically and medically. Includes a basic introduction to replication and genetics as well as current topics in moleclar virology.

IMMB 484. Senior Thesis. 3 Hours.

Essays and oral presentations by senior students covering contemporary topics in immunology and medical microbiology. Senior students are required to present one seminar before graduation.

IMMB 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

IMMB 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

IMMB 494. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

IMMB 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

IMMB 497. Research. 1-6 Hours.

Independent research projects.


Faculty

Chair

  • John B. Barnett - Ph.D. (University of Louisville)

Assistant professors

  • Mariette Barbier - Ph.D. (Universitat de les lles Balears)
  • Kathy Brundage - Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)
    Technical Director of Flow Cytometry Core Facility
  • Duaa Dakhlallah - Ph.D. (The Ohio State University)
  • F. Heath Damron - Ph.D. (Marshall University)
  • Meenal Elliott - Ph.D. (University of Alabama)
  • Jennifer Franko - Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University)
  • Ivan Martinez - Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Gordon Meares - Ph.D. (University of Alabama)
  • Edwin Wan - Ph.D. (City of University of Hong Kong)
  • Valerie Watson - M.S. (West Virginia University)

Associate professors

  • Tin Eubank - Ph.D. (The Ohio State University)
  • Slawomir Lukomski - Ph.D. (University of Lodz, Poland)
  • Karen Martin - Ph.D. (Duke University)
  • Lisa Robinson - Ph.D. (Cornell University)
  • Cory Robinson - Ph.D. (Miami University of Ohio)
  • Rosana Schafer - Ph.D. (Temple University)
  • James M. Sheil - Ph.D. (University of Kentucky)

Adjunct professors

  • Don Beezhold - Ph.D. (University of Illinois Medical Center)
  • John Noti - Ph.D. (Purdue University)
  • David Weissman - M.D. (Northwestern University)

Adjunct associate professor

  • David Klinke - Ph.D. (Northwestern University)

Adjunct assistant professors

  • Stacey Anderson - Ph.D. (West Virginia Univeristy)
  • Brett Green - Ph.D. (University of Sydney)
  • Yong Qian - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)