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Graduate Program

Graduate Program Manager
310c Harris Hydraulics, Box 357965
(206) 543-4338

Offers graduate training in the application of basic biomedical research to diseases of public health interest. The program involves core courses to develop a fundamental understanding of basic cellular and molecular processes and techniques important in the application of basic biomedical research to diseases; laboratory experience to learn how to collect, analyze, interpret, and use data for solving problems; and opportunities to develop skills in communicating research findings through oral and written presentations.

Master of Science

Develops an understanding of applications of molecular biology to public health, epidemiology, and cellular or antigenic analysis, and microbiology or immunology. Develops basic research skills and understanding scientific method. Students fulfill course requirements the first year, then propose and complete a thesis that includes an original research project.

Admission Requirements

Not currently accepting students into the master's program; however, this remains an option under specific circumstances, such as failure to pass the general examination or changes to academic goals.

Degree Requirements

Minimum 60 credits

  1. Required Courses: PABIO 500, PABIO 551, PABIO 552, PABIO 553, EPI 511, PABIO 580, PABIO 581, PABIO 582, PABIO 590, PABIO 700
  2. Electives: Additional courses in pathobiology or the biomedical sciences to fulfill the graded course requirement, to encompass the interests of the student, or to fulfill any additional requirements set forth by the student's committee.

MS Thesis Research Proposal: Completed by the end of the fourth quarter of the first year; should contain the following, in this order:

  1. Brief synopsis of background relevant to the project.
  2. Summary of preliminary experiments.
  3. Description of experiments planned for the next year.

MS Thesis: Provided to the MS advisory committee two weeks prior to the oral presentation.

MS Oral Presentation and Defense: Formal seminar

Doctor of Philosophy

Develops skills concerning pathogenesis and infection. Also develops familiarity with the paradigms for control, prevention, and treatment; develops an understanding of epidemiology and disease processes; teaches basic methodologies used in this research including relevant areas of molecular biology, bacteriology, cell biology, virology, epidemiology, and biostatistics; and develops familiarity with the major classes of pathogens.

Admission Requirements

  1. Personal statement: Representation of the student's background and readiness for graduate study in pathobiology.
  2. Unofficial transcripts from all collegiate institutions attended
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Official GRE scores
  6. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency, to include a minimum 600 TOEFL score on the paper test or 250 on the computerized test, with scores not more than two years old.

Degree Requirements

90 credits minimum
  1. Required Courses: PABIO 500, PABIO 551, PABIO 552, PABIO 553, , PABIO 580, PABIO 581, PABIO 582, PABIO 590, PABIO 598, PABIO 600, PABIO 800; EPI 511; either IMMUN 441 or IMMUN 532
  2. PABIO 580 every winter quarter (excused while writing dissertation); PABIO 581 every autumn quarter the first three years; PABIO 582 every spring quarter till the general examination is completed; and PABIO 590 every spring quarter the first four years. Students present research at the Graduate Research Symposium annually after the first year.
  3. Electives: PABIO 536 and UCONJ 510 strongly recommended
  4. Recommended tracks for elective credits:
    1. Eukaryotic Pathogens: IMMUN 532, EPI 520, EPI 532, MICROM 444, CONJ 531-CONJ 548
    2. Bacterial Pathogens: IMMUN 532, MICROM 553, MICROM 555, EPI 520, EPI 529, GENOME 576, select modules from the molecular conjoint series (e.g., CONJ 548, CONJ 549, CONJ 557)
    3. Viral Pathogens: IMMUN 532, MICROM 540, CONJ 531-CONJ 544, MCB 532, EPI 520, EPI 524, EPI 530

Research Facilities

Research facilities are geographically dispersed - faculty offices and laboratories at a number of locations around the Seattle area and the UW campus, to include: Health Sciences Building, Center for Infectious Disease Research, Seattle Children's Research Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Harborview Medical Center Research and Training Building, the Brotman Building (South Lake Union), Infectious Disease Research Institute, Institute for Systems, Biology, and Western Fisheries Research Center.

Financial Aid

The department provides a research assistantship that offers a competitive salary, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Students with satisfactory academic progress can anticipate funding for the duration of their studies.