General Information


The University of Manitoba, Western Canada’s oldest University, and the largest of Manitoba’s three Universities, was established as a degree granting institution in 1877. It is a co-educational, non-denominational, government supported institution with a current population of 23,500 students and 5,000 academic and support staff. Its main campus, where the Department of Microbiology is located, is situated in the south Winnipeg suburb of Ft. Garry, along the Red River. The city of Winnipeg has many features that make it attractive for graduate students. It supports a diverse cultural program of concerts, theatre, ballet etc. The population is from a variety of backgrounds and there are groups and activities catering to any cultural taste imaginable. For more details concerning the University and Winnipeg, see the copy of Directions and the brochures included in this information package.


The Graduate Program in Microbiology entails the study of viruses, bacteria, and fungi in isolation or as microbial communities that thrive in water, soil, and plant and animal hosts. These systems are approached through the lenses of structural biology, biochemistry, molecular and synthetic biology, genomics, and evolution.

The Department offers training in several areas of modern microbiology, leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Currently, the program offers research in: 1. Microbial Ecology; 2. Molecular Microbiology; 3. Microbial Physiology; 4. Microbial Genomics; 5. Microbial Interactions and Pathogenicity; 6. Antimicrobial Resistance and 7) Microbial Protein Structure and Biochemistry. These areas will train graduate microbiologists with the technical and professional skills essential for a broad range of careers supporting the sustainability and resilience of the environment, the health of humans, animals and plants therein and the communication of microbiology in society. Trainees will be prepared for employment in biotechnology, medical microbiology, agriculture, and academia/education.

Research in the Department is highly collaborative, with students and faculty members sharing ideas, research approaches and resources. Technical and professional skills are acquired through research activities under the supervision of faculty members and through graduate courses tailored to students’ interests and needs. In addition, the Department and the resources available through the University offer various professional development opportunities. The Department of Microbiology prides itself in offering a welcoming environment that celebrates and supports diversity in all its forms. We are committed to providing everyone an inclusive atmosphere with professional growth opportunities. Come study with us!

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