Master of Science
in Molecular Pathology and Immunology

Program Description

This multidisciplinary program offers education and training leading to the M.S. degree. The Master of Science in Molecular Pathology and Immunology degree is offered by the UMDNJ Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Applications to UMDNJ Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences may seek admission into the degree program that is conducted in affiliation with Medical Diagnostic Laboratories (MDL) LLC and Humigen LLC. In conjunction with UMDNJ full-time faculty, MDL/Humigen scientists participating in this program have been appointed as adjunct faculty in the Department of Molecular Biology at UMDNJ - School of Osteopathic Medicine. Their research interests are diverse, ranging from the cellular and molecular pathogenesis of infectious agents to the effect of aging on immune function. In the first year students spend most of their time completing required courses in the core curriculum and completing research laboratory rotation requirements.

Program Requirement

All students must successfully complete the core curriculum before advancing to the specific program requirements for their degree. All students must pass a preliminary examination at the end of the first year, while also attending student seminars and journal clubs. Advanced level courses in immunology, virology, genetics, microbial physiology, molecular biology, microbial pathogenesis, mycology, and parasitology are offered to interested students in the second year.

Curriculum

Course Title Day Course Director Credits
MBS MMPI
FALL SEMESTER YEAR I
CORE Fundamentals of Biochem and Mol Biol (I) Th 5-8pm Biswas 3
CORE Fundamentals of Cell Biology (II) Wed 5-8pm Podolin 3
REQ Seminar in Mol Path and Immunology M/W am Iacono 2
REQ Lab Rotation A-MMPI (7 weeks) Mentor 1
REQ Lab Rotation B-MMPI (7 weeks) Mentor 1
December 31 - Select a lab to perform thesis research
SPRING SEMESTER YEAR I
CORE Ethics in Science, Research and Scholarship Fri am Cooper 2
CORE Topics in Molecular Pathology and Immunology M – Th am Gallagher/Nickels 4
REQ Techniques in Molecular Diagnostics Nickels 2
REQ Research in MMPI (I) Mentor 1
March 15 - Thesis Advisory Committee nomination form due
SUMMER SEMESTER YEAR I
REQ Readings in Molecular Pathol and Immunol (A) Gallagher 2
REQ Research in MMPI (II) Mentor 2
August 1 - Thesis Proposal presentation
FALL SEMESTER YEAR II
REQ Readings in Molecular Pathol and Immunol (B) Gallagher 2
REQ Thesis Research-MMPI Mentor 5
SPRING SEMESTER YEAR II
WRITE AND DEFEND BY FEB 1. TOTAL CREDITS = 30

CURRICULUM FOR MMPI CONCENTRATION IN THE MASTER OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES (MBS) PROGRAM:
Eight (8) core credits within the MBS program
Four (4) core credits within the MMPI program
Thirteen (13) required credits within the MMPI program
Five (5) Thesis Research

REQUIRED MMPI COURSES (Select 12 coursework credits of concentration) 
1. Research Seminar Series      
2. Topics in Molecular Pathology and Immunology           
3. Techniques in Molecular Diagnostics
4. Readings in Molecular Pathology        

TOTAL:

8 credits MBS – Core courses
4 credits MMPI  - Core courses
11 credits MMPI – Required
2 credits MMPI – Required Lab rotations A, B
5 credits Thesis Research-MMPI
30 credits

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