Master’s Program (MS)

Arpine Poghosyan.

Arpine Poghosyan, a Fulbright scholar, completed our master’s program. She studied human papillomavirus — which results in a number of human cancers — in the lab of her mentor, Thomas Melendy, PhD.

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 doctoral, medical or dental education programs.

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.

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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

Beatrice Harris.

Beatrice Harris

Admissions Coordinator

955 Main Street, Suite 6130, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-3631