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What we offer

Immunology offers graduate courses at the master’s and PhD level. Our programs have a strong emphasis on laboratory research and developing oral communication and presentation skills—providing suitable experience for careers in biomedical science research in the context of industry, government or academic laboratories.

Awards and scholarships

The University of Manitoba issues more than $17 million to students each year in the form of scholarships and bursaries. Find out how you can access funding so you can focus on your studies.

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Department research

The Department of Immunology’s research activities are based in a modern open-concept lab that includes several large cell culture suites, complete molecular biology capabilities, flow cytometry and confocal microscopy.

Allergy and asthma research

Our faculty and research trainees are investigating fundamental immune regulatory mechanisms contributing to allergy and asthma and applying multi-omic approaches to understand lung and airway inflammation. Several projects are investigating the effects of early life exposures to multiple factors such as specific microbes or breast feeding and others are determining the impact of vaping, smoking and air pollution.

Cancer research

Our faculty and research trainees are investigating the role of the immune system in multiple types of cancers including leukemia, lymphoma, head and neck cancer and breast cancer. Researchers are also mapping cellular signal transduction pathways contributing to malignant transformation or immune dysfunction and investigating anti-cancer therapies targeting signalling pathways.

Infectious diseases research

Our faculty and research trainees are investigating how the immune system fights a range of infectious diseases including human viral infections such as HIV and Sars-Cov2, parasitic diseases, bacterial infections or a number of animal diseases of economic importance. Research goals include development of diagnostics, immunotherapeutic strategies or vaccines to improve disease management.

Chronic inflammatory diseases research

Our faculty and research trainees are addressing how the immune system can become a destructive force leading to autoimmunity or other chronic inflammatory diseases. Researchers are addressing diseases affecting various body systems such as inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or neurodegenerative disease.

Transplantation and cell therapy research

Our faculty and research trainees are investigating the interaction of the immune system with transplanted organs or cells. Researchers are implementing improved donor matching with recipients needing kidney transplants based on sophisticated analyses of immune responses and are developing cell-based therapies for burn victims and cancer patients.

Immune cell biology and biotechnology research

Our faculty and research trainees are applying cutting-edge technologies such as live cell fluorescence imaging and tracking, single cell transcriptomics, custom microfluidic devices and proteomics to discover new molecular and cellular mechanisms controlling the function of our immune system. Researchers are shedding light on how different immune cell types are called into action or shut down at the appropriate time and place within the body, to ensure that immune responses protect us without damaging the body.

Our researchers

Find out how our researchers push the boundaries of knowledge to provide real-time solutions to the most pressing challenges affecting patients, caregivers and decision-makers.

Our facilities

Open-concept laboratory

Our open-concept laboratory accommodates up to eight principal investigators. The facility includes four large cell culture suites, complete molecular biology capabilities, flow cytometry and confocal microscopy, an immunophenotyping core facility and numerous additional instruments.

FACS analyzers

Our facility includes multiple FACS analyzers (eight to 16 parameter) and a high speed cell sorter within biosafety level 2 containment, managed by Dr. Christine Zhang.

Microscopy facilities

Our microscopy facilities include several digital fluorescence microscopes as well as a four laser Zeiss Cell Observer spinning disk confocal with FRAP, photoactivation and TIRF capabilities for high speed live cell imaging.

MesoScale Discovery and BioPlex platforms

Our MesoScale Discovery and BioPlex platforms provide multiplex analyses of biological fluids for measurement of numerous analytes with high accuracy over a wide dynamic range.

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Max Rady College of Medicine
Apotex Centre
Room 471, 750 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T5 Canada