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The Department of Medical Microbiology is an integrated team of investigators, educators and practitioners providing leading edge education, innovative research and expertise in medical microbiology and infectious diseases.

We are seen nationally and internationally as dynamic leaders and collaborators. We are acknowledged for excellence in numerous areas and are constantly developing new research initiatives in infectious diseases.

Our efforts create and translate new knowledge, shaping policy and contributing to economic growth to improve the lives of those in the region and throughout the world. 

What we offer

The department supports a number of education programs, from undergraduate studies to post-doctoral training in specialty areas of microbiology.

Our story

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Student supports

UM is a community that cares. We offer a wide variety of supports to help you make the most of your time at university and reach your full potential. 

MMCF Jack Wilt Travel Award

Financial Aid & Awards Database Description

Through gifts received from friends and family of Dr. John Charles (Jack) Wilt, as well as from medical institutions and medical conferences, the Manitoba Medical College Foundation (MMCF) has established the MMCF – Jack Wilt Travel Award at The Winnipeg Foundation.

Dr. John Charles (Jack) Wilt was born in 1920 and passed away in 1989. He graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1954 with an MD.

The purpose of the fund is to provide travel awards for postgraduate students at the University of Manitoba. Each year, The Winnipeg Foundation will report the available earnings from the fund to Financial Aid and Awards at the University of Manitoba.

The available earnings from the fund will be used to offer one travel award to a student who:

  1. is enrolled in either: 
    (a) the Postgraduate Medical Education program in the Department of Medical Microbiology in the Max Rady College of Medicine; or 
    (b) the Adult or Pediatric Infectious Disease residency training program in the Max Rady College of Medicine;
  2. is in good standing; and
  3. will be attending a professional meeting or conference in order to present the results of his/her research (poster or oral presentation).

Evidence documenting the acceptance of a paper or poster presentation should be included with the request for funding. The intention of this award is to assist students with travel expenses for conference travel up to the available annual income generated by this fund.

The selection committee will be named by the Dean of the Max Rady College of Medicine (or designate) and will include the Head of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (or designate).

The Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba has the right to modify the terms of this award if, because of changed conditions, it becomes necessary to do so. Any future modifications that may be necessary due to changed conditions will require complete consultation with the Winnipeg Foundation.


  • Award Selection Form is sent by Financial Aid & Award to the PGME Awards Coordinator.
  • The PGME Awards Coordinator forwards the pertinent award information to the Department Based Award Administrator.
  • Once a successful candidate is selected, the Department Based Awards Administrator forwards the Residents Name, Student Number & Award Amount back to the PGME Awards Coordinator.
  • The PGME Awards Coordinator forwards a signed, completed Award Selection Form back to the Financial Aid & Awards Office for processing.
  • The Department or PGME Office is not permitted to provide award status information by email, phone or in person. The Financial Aid & Awards office will notify the awardee by letter.
  • Once a cheque has been issued, it will be sent to the PGME Awards Coordinator for disbursement to the Department Based Award Administrator, who will forward the cheque to the successful candidate

For more information, contact:

Tanya Merke
Program coordinator, Medical Microbiology

department Research

The department produces excellent research to continually develop our understanding of microbiology and infectious diseases. Some of our research strengths include:

  • Antimicrobial resistance

    • Global priority
    • National surveillance 
    • Resistance mechanisms
  • Host pathogen interactions

    • International research cohorts
    • Immunopathogenesis
    • Vaccine and immune therapeutic development 
  • HIV prevention and control

    • Largest critical mass of HIV public health and HIV academic researchers in Canada
    • Strong international programs
    • Consistently top three in CIHR-funded HIV research grants 
    • SWOP program - HIV prevention and care to 37,000 FSW, MSM
  • Viral pathogenesis

    • Includes high containment pathogens
    • Nationally unique facilities
    • Global leaders
Student working with a test-tube.

Undergraduate Research Awards

Each year, the University of Manitoba provides a multitude of unique learning opportunities through the undergraduate research awards. This program allows undergraduate students to interact with the best minds and research leaders in their fields. This experience opens them up to new possibilities for a research career in either government, academic or industry sectors.

Our researchers

Our researchers

Explore the links below to learn more about our groundbreaking researchers, including:

Community and partners

We are proud to partner with organizations worldwide to improve public health in the field of infectious diseases on an international scale.

Faculty and staff

Our team

Our department is run by award-winning faculty and staff who are dedicated and passionate about their contributions to the field of medical microbiology. Contact us to learn more about our department and what we have to offer.

Contact us

Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room 543 - 745 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9 Canada