The Microbiology program offers studies towards Master’s and doctoral degrees. Outstanding students can choose between Master’s studies and doctoral studies on the direct track.
The objective of the program is to train students in research and teaching in fields of science involving medical microbiology, bacteriology, molecular cell biology, virology, parasitology, applied microbiology and biotechnology, genetic engineering, structural microbiology, computer analysis, and bioinformatics.
The Microbiology program offers a curriculum based on a combination of the biological and medical professions. The program provides graduates with broad knowledge on issues that are at the forefront of basic research, both applied and medical, and prepares them for a variety of research and teaching positions in academic institutions, in clinical research, and in biotechnology companies.
Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences or biomedical sciences from the Hebrew University or an equivalent degree from another institution in Israel or abroad, with a GPA of at least 80. Students who within the framework of their undergraduate studies did not take the core courses in the biological disciplines, of the scope and quality required by the program, are required to take makeup courses equivalent to up to one academic year.
Students admitted into the Master’s program, whose undergraduate studies did not include a course in biostatistics, are required to take – in parallel with their graduate studies – a makeup course, as described below. This course is not included in credits required for the Master’s degree:
Use of Laboratory Animals for Research
Ethical use of laboratory animals in biomedical sciences, course 94810 (1 credit). This course is mandatory for students who use laboratory animals for research purposes. The course credit does not count towards the degree.
Curriculum in microbiology
The program requires completion of 28 credits in two years.
• Research is guided by a mentor who is a member of the microbiology track.
• 22 credits of the total credits required for the degree must be earned from courses in microbiology.
• Students can select six additional credits from graduate courses offered by the Teaching Division of Biomedical Sciences.
• Regulations regarding the submission of the thesis and the final examination are in accordance with the guidelines of the Graduate Studies Committee.
The following table lists the courses required for the Master’s degree in Microbiology:
Students who did not complete a course in bioinformatics as part of their undergraduate studies are required to complete course 72687 +72677, Bioinformatics: computer analysis of biological molecule sequences, which takes place on the Edmond J. Safra campus (Givat Ram), within the framework of the Master’s program.
Group A - mandatory courses:
81824 Master's Thesis Seminar
81839 Topics in Microbiology
Group B - core courses:
Mandatory attendance of at least two of the following courses:
81801 Medical Microbiology
81803 Cellular, Molecular Immunology: Selected Issues
81809 Molecular Biology of The Cell
81850 Molecular Biology
Group C - Microbiology track, elective courses:
Courses selected from this group must amount to at least 14 credits (students, who must
take the Bioinformatics course, must earn 11.5 credits):
72501 Microbial Ecology
76716 Marine Microbiology
81806 System Biology of Transcription
81807 The Immunological Basis of Vaccines
81808 Computer Analysis of Genomic Data
81811 Immunology of Parasites - Selected Issues
81817 Structure and Function of Proteins
81821 Structure and Function of Proteins – Lab
81822 Microbiology, a Centenary of Perspective
81829 Physiology of Microorganisms
81846 Biological Threats : The New Era in Microbiology
81847 The Molecular Genetic Basis of Bacterial Adaptation
81852 Computational Processing and Visualization of Biological and Medical Data
81853 Antiviral Drugs, Viral Vaccines and Interferon
81854 Industrial Microbiology
81855 Workshop in Structural Biology
81813 Workshop in Structural Biology
81858 Electron Microscopy
81864 Biotechnology and Environment Sciences
81865 From Networks to Molecules: Experimental and Computational Approaches for the Study of Protein Interactions
81820 From Networks to Molecules: Experimental and Computational Approaches for the Study of Protein Interactions - Lab
81888 Clinical Molecular Microbiology
81894 Cell and Molecular Biology of Pathogenic Parasits
94402 Electron Microscopy
94680 Introduction to Matlab as a Research Tool
Group d - approved elective courses from other master’s tracks in the teaching division of biomedical sciences.
Courses selected from this group may amount to up to 6 credits:
64302 Biotechnology Management
81815 Genetics Animal Models of Human Disease
81891 Molecular and Cellular Biology of Growth Factors and Cytokines
88825 Human Molecular Genetics
88849 Epigenetics and Chromatin
94305 Channels and Transporters: From Gene to Mechanism
94704 Liposomes: Theory and Application
94843 Adhesion Molecules and Cell Recognition
94864 Mitrochondria: Molecular , Metabolic And Medical Aspects
97929 Molecular Thechniques in Oral Microbiology Reserearch
97930 Novel Pathogen Immune Evasion Strategies
Some courses are offered once every two years. Before registering for a course, make sure that it will take place.