MIC Specific Modules

Course No. Semester Title Prerequesites Description
MICR 8040 S1 Fundamentals in Cancer
BIMS 6000 (CCIB) This course examines the molecular basis of cancer and how environmental and hereditary factors cooperate to elicit the transformed phenotype and promote cancer progression. It is team taught by both basic scientists and clinical faculty, providing students with an introduction to clinical presentation, progression, and outcomes; genetic/cellular/tissue drivers of oncogenesis and metastasis; and therapeutic challenges for the treatment of cancer.
MICR 8042 F2 Advanced Topics in
MICR 8040 and MICR 8044 This course will cover contemporary topics relevant to the detection and treatment of solid tumors and hematopoietic cancers. These include, but are not limited to, clinical trials, metabolism and cancer, cancer stem cells, cancer biomarkers, systems and networks in cancer. Students will attend organ-based tumor boards, which expose the students to the team-based approach for individualizing treatments that is practiced in the UVA Cancer Center.
MICR 8044 S2 Cancer Signaling and
MICR 8040 This course is a follow-up to Fundamentals in Cancer Biology. It examines hormonal regulation and signal transduction pathways in breast cancer and leukemia/lymphoma. Clinical and basic science faculty again team up to provide students with a comprehensive view of clinical aspects (early detection, diagnosis, epidemiology, prognosis, treatment, and prevention) and  experimental strategies that reveal basic
mechanisms underlying these diseases.
MICR 8200 S1 Building Blocks of the
Immune System
Basic knowledge of immunology or permission
of the instructor
This module will cover the different components of the adaptive and innate arms of the immune system with a focus on development and molecular pathways regulating these processes.
MICR 8202 S2 Integration and
Diversification of the
Immune System
MICR 8200 This module will cover how the diverse components of the immune system are integrated and how this integration influences further maturation and differentiation of elements of the immune system under physiological and patho-physiological conditions. This will include responses to different types of pathogens.
MICR 8204 F1 Current Topics in
MICR 8200 and MICR 8202 (or equivalent) The module will cover in depth selected contemporary topics in molecular and cellular immunology. Sessions are discussion-based and facilitated by faculty. Students will learn how to critically evaluate primary literature and to clearly present scientific information.
MICR 8341 S1 Biological Threats and
Public Health
The course will cover the science and policies governing the study of select agents, and emerging infectious diseases. Topics will include, but are not limited to pathogen characteristics, regulatory requirements, recognition and detection of intentional and natural outbreaks, emergency preparedness and interfaces with public health.
MICR 8380 S2 Practical Use of Statistics in Biomedical Research Instructor permission Course format includes presentations, software use, problem sets and discussions. Students present methods including: linear regression, correlations, parametric and non- parametric 2-sample and k-sample analyses and post-tests, and survival analyses. Problem sets require students to employ and justify various statistical methods applied in analyzing experimental data sets and answering associated questions.
MICR 8400 S2 Molecular Principles of
Bacteriology and Virology
BIMS 6000 (CCIB) This foundational module will cover fundamentals of the biology of bacteria and viruses. Bacteriology topics to be discussed include bacterial physiology, genetics, and gene regulation, and how these and other features impact drug discovery and pathogenesis. Virology topics to be discussed include virus structure and assembly, viral replication, viral genetic regulation, virus/immune interactions, and applications of viruses in 21st century.
MICR 8401 F1 Microbial Pathogenesis BIMS 6000 (CCIB), Micro 8401 – Microbial Pathogenesis, Prerequisite: Core Course, the two immunology modules, and Molecular Principles of Bacteriology and Virology The class provides a comprehensive study of pathogenic microbes and their unique and conserved mechanisms of virulence.
MICR 8402 F2 Microbial Pathogenesis
Proposal Preparation
MICR 8401 This course will discuss the grant process including applications for federal and foundation grants, proposal writing and submissions, and grant reviews. A research proposal (based loosely on guidelines for NIH postdoctoral fellowship grant application) on a selected topic in Microbial Pathogenesis will be developed by each student (or student teams).

July 1-8 First year BIMS students matriculate

July 1-8-Aug 13  FIRST ROTATION


Aug 18-Nov 7  CORE COURSE

Oct 3  Open day for departmental retreats



Nov 26-Nov 30 Thanksgiving Break

Dec 20-Jan 4  Christmas Break


Feb 9-Mar 20 MODULES (S-1)

Spring 1 final exams March 23-25

Mar 26-May 6 MODULES (S-2)

Spring 2 final exams May 7-8

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