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Understanding the mechanisms of infection

Dr. Nikhil Thomas uses recombinant DNA technologies to observe pathogenic e-coli infections as they're actually happening.


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Learning on the job

During her co-op work terms in Dr. John Rohde's lab, Angela Daurie contributed to research on Shigella, a genus of bacteria causing infection and death in many developing countries.


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Helping with cancer research

Planning to go to med school and specialize in oncology, Aziz Alawadhi volunteers in Dr. Patrick Lee's lab, where he's helping investigate how reovirus can help the immune system and prevent cancer.


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Exploring the mysteries of microorganisms

Students at all levels of study can contribute to Dr. John Rohde's research. Here, they're using the RoTor HDA, a robot that genetically manipulates large quantities of mutant microorganisms.


Program snapshot

Top 5 reasons to study Microbiology and Immunology at Dal:

  1. Cross-appointed faculty from a variety of health sciences programs and departments—including Medicine, Surgery, Dentistry, and Pathology—means you’re getting interdisciplinary breadth and depth in your courses.
  2. Join the Society of Immunology and Microbiology Students (SIMS) and help organize fun events and meet other students.
  3. In Microbiology and Immunology lectures and labs, you’ll learn about subjects such as mechanisms of infection and the immune response that are key to a career in research or medicine.
  4. In the Science Co-op program, you could work in a Microbiology or Immunology professor's lab, helping out with research that may one day cure diseases and save lives.
  5. In Dal’s new Inter-professional Health Education Building, you’ll be part of a revolution in health care education—shared spaces and flexible learning environments ensure you’ll have access to the latest research and plenty of opportunities to discuss it with your peers in other health-related professions.

What will I learn?


You’ll learn about the immune response to infection and cancer, and about the mechanisms of inflammation. You’ll understand why immunities to some diseases are passed on in the genes—and why others are not. There’s a whole new world for you to discover under the microscope.

What can I do?

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With an honours Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology, you’ll be prepared to do research at the master’s and PhD levels. If you’re interested in pursuing medical school, you’ll also have the prerequisites you’ll need. Dr. Chris Richardson is devoted to research related to cancer and hepatitis—read more about his life as a researcher.