What will I learn?

In the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at IU School of Medicine, research centers on molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis, immune responsiveness, infectious diseases, cancer biology, hematopoiesis, stem cell biology and gene therapy. Current research activities include microbial pathogenesis and experimental therapeutics, with a focus on host-pathogen interactions in the extracellular niche, mechanisms of oncogenic pathogens, the role of the microbiome in human disease, and the molecular and cellular biology of obligate intracellular viral and bacterial pathogens. Investigators place a major emphasis on immunology, including studies of immune responsiveness, immune evasion by viruses and tumors, innate and adaptive immunity, antigen presentation, and B cell responses.

Leading a new medical school course in host defense, a nursing course in microbiology and immunology, and graduate-level courses on infectious microbes, host-microbe interactions and responsible conduct of research, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at IU School of Medicine offers core graduate courses in immunology, infection and pathogenesis, neoplastic determinants and stem cell biology and advanced courses in specialty areas that reflect the research expertise of microbiology and immunology faculty. Graduate students have teaching opportunities in the nursing course.

Research by faculty within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at IU School of Medicine centers on microbial pathogenesis, immunology, hematopoiesis, cancer biology and gene therapy. Current pathogenesis research focuses on Borrelia burgdorferi, Chlamydia trachomatis, Coxiella burnetiid, Escherichia coli, Hemophilus dacrya, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV-1, Human Papillomavirus Virus, Leptospira interorgan, Toxoplasma gondii and malaria. A major effort is on developing experimental therapeutics for these pathogens.

The department has a strong emphasis in immunology. Ongoing studies include investigation of allergic and inflammatory diseases, immune signaling pathways and lymphocyte differentiation, immune evasion by viruses and tumors, autoimmune disease, innate and adaptive immunity, antigen presentation and B cell responses.

Which department am I in?

School of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (Minimum 30 credits)

Tuition fees
US$18,948.00 per year

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Start date

24 August 2020


Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

420 University Blvd,



46202, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in the United States or another country by the time you enroll at IUPUI.

For international students

Minimum admission requirements for the Master of Science degree include undergraduate courses in basic biology, including cell biology and genetics, general and organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics, including calculus. Biochemistry is recommended. Coursework deficiencies should be addressed during the first year of enrollment. Applicants must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (B). Scores on each section of the GRE general test should exceed 55 percent. For international students, an IELST score of 6.5/7 is required; TOEFL would be approximately 100.

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About this uni

IUPUI’s strengths lie in its combination of community engagement, creative teaching, learning methods and ground-breaking research.

  • Almost 30,000 students from 145 countries study at IUPUI
  • The university offers over 350 courses across 17 schools
  • Based in vibrant Indianapolis, the USA’s 15th largest city
  • One of the top research universities in the US