Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Welcome to the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Established in 1884, we are dedicated to research and training in the area of infectious diseases of humans. We combine strong basic science research and graduate student training with excellence in clinical microbiology and infectious disease care and postgraduate clinical training.
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.
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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:
- 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;
- is in good standing; and
- 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.
INFORMATION FOR DEPARTMENT BASED AWARDS ADMINISTRATOR
- 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:
Program coordinator, Medical Microbiology
The department produces excellent research to continually develop our understanding of microbiology and infectious diseases. Some of our research strengths include:
Denice Bay, PhD
Kevin Coombs, BA, MA, PhD
• Using temperature-sensitive mammalian reovirus to analyze virus assembly
• Proteomic and RNAi-mediated analyses of cellular proteins involved in coronavirus, herpesvirus, influenza virus, mammalian reovirus and Zika virus replication and pathogenesis
• Use of harmless mammalian reovirus as a biomarker for waste water and medical device disinfection
• Mechanistic analyses of modes of action of selected anti-viral compounds
Keith Fowke, BSc, PhD
Department head and professor
• Prevention of HIV infection
• HIV cure
• Immune responses in respiratory virus infection and vaccination
• Immune effects of solvent use
Yoav Keynan, MD, PhD
Head, Section of Infectious Diseases, Associate professor
• Lung infections in HIV
• Viral respiratory infections
Jason Kindrachuk, PhD
• Emerging virus pathogenisis
• Kinome analysis
• Host-pathogen interactions
• Virus surveillance
Linda Larcombe, MA, PhD
Lyle McKinnon, BSc, PhD
• Cell-mediated immunity
• HIV and STI epidemiology
• HIV transmission
• Microbiome research
• Mucosal immunology of the female genital, gastrointestinal, and nasal tracts
• Tolerance mechanisms
Bárbara Porto, PhD
• Innate immune response to respiratory viral infections
• Neutrophil and macrophage biology during respiratory viral infections
• Mechanisms of innate cell death triggered by respiratory viruses
• Lytic cell death and its role during respiratory viral infections
• Therapeutic targets for respiratory viral infections
Zulma Rueda, MD, PhD
• Identifying biomarkers for latent tuberculosis diagnosis
• Understanding risk, markers of exposure and TB progression among HIV infected individuals
• Epidemiological and statistical methods to understand disease acquisition and progression
Xiao-Jian Yao, PhD
Dr. Yao was one of a few scientists who first characterized the anti-HIV compound 3TC in vitro.
George Zhanel, PharmD, PhD, FCCP
• Antimicrobial resistant infections
• Discovery and development
• Treatment and prevention of infection
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 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.
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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