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 for doctoral bioscience programs such as microbiology and immunology and for career advancement in industry, government or academic sectors. 

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 explore advanced topics including microbiome, cancer, epidemiology and global health, molecular genetics, cell biology, bioinformatics and computational biology, 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 with a faculty mentor who shares your interests.

Program Learning Objectives

  • Develop foundational knowledge in biochemistry and cell/molecular biology and apply this knowledge to microbiology and immunology.
  • Acquire and apply knowledge, concepts and research methodology in microbiology and immunology.
  • Learn to critically read, evaluate and summarize findings from microbiology and immunology primary literature.
  • Prepare students for advanced careers in microbiology and immunology.  

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Contact Us

MS Program Director

Nicole Luke-Marshall.

Nicole Luke-Marshall

Instructional Support Specialist

Microbiology and Immunology

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences 955 Main Street, Suite 5207, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-2673


Graduate Program Administrator

Caroline Golach.

Caroline Golach

Senior Staff Assistant

Microbiology and Immunology

955 Main St. Room 5102B Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: (716) 829-2993