Master’s Program (MS)

Jesse Park.

In the Jacobs lab, alumnus Jesse Park used a cell culture model system. He studied how human immune cells called macrophages behave when they are co-infected with HIV and an opportunistic fungus — the cause of a fungal meningitis that can kill AIDS patients.

You’ll gain a solid foundation for high-demand biotechnology and biomedical careers with our master of arts program in microbiology and immunology. You’ll also be well prepared to pursue PhD, medical or dental education programs.

Graduate Admissions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We know you have questions about how the coronavirus (COVID-19) could impact your impending enrollment, especially if you are traveling to us.

Strong Preparation for Your Future

We prepare you to advance to doctoral programs in microbiology and immunology or other biomedical sciences. You’ll also gain the skills you need to be a strong candidate for private-sector biotechnology positions.

Our dedicated faculty researchers will guide you and engage you in cutting-edge science. Through comprehensive coursework and laboratory experience, you’ll gain an understanding of bacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology and immunology.

We encourage and expect your participation in learning, in part through focused, small-group seminars.

We also hone your scientific inquiry and problem-solving abilities.

Explore Your Interests

In our flexible program, you can make the most of your elective time to delve into topics of particular interest. You may further explore gene expression, bioinformatics and computational biology, and developmental genomics and stem cell biology. You will learn directly from experts in these and other high-demand areas.

You also may use your elective time to pursue your own independent research. You must first identify a faculty mentor who shares your interests and will agree to work with you one-on-one.

At the end of your program, you will demonstrate your knowledge through a comprehensive examination.

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Contact Us

MS Program Director

Blader, Ira

Ira Blader, PhD


Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 955 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716-829-5809


Graduate Program Administrator

Elizabeth Haremza

Senior Staff Assistant

Microbiology And Immunology

955 Main Street, Suite 5102 B, Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: (716) 829-2993