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  • Microbiology Master's Degree Patent Attorney's

    Biotechnology patent lawyers in the growing biotechnology field protect the potentially world-changing processes, applications, tools, and products created using living systems and organisms. They specifically represent industries in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biomechanical spaces. Experiencing an over 10% job growth in the next decade, the demand to switch to this field is here. Change the future of your career without dramatically changing your day-to-day right now with the University of Florida’s fully online Master of Science in Microbiology and Cell Science with a concentration in Medical Microbiology and Biochemistry.

    Where do biotechnology patent attorneys work and what do they do?

    Although some firms specialize in biotechnology patent law, many attorneys in this specialized field work at in-house legal departments of biotech companies. Responsibilities would include tasks like patent prosecution, procurement efforts, freedom to operate and patentability relating to biotechnology, and other regulatory matters.

    Why should I choose UF’s online microbiology graduate program?

    • Introductory track
    • Entirely online
    • Can be completed in as little as one year
    • Affordable tuition

    Learning the aspects of a new field within patent law can be challenging, especially if it’s been a couple years since you last studied upper-level science coursework. The online MS in microbiology and cell science offered by UF has an introductory track that reengage students with scientific learning. Covering the basic biology of microorganisms and the fundamentals of biochemistry and molecular biology, you’ll feel prepared and comfortable as you continue through the challenging coursework.

    The program is entirely online and can be completed in as little as a year to make your career transition fast. If needed, you have the flexibility to take courses over a longer period of time to complement your life commitments.

    The program accepts students for fall, spring and summer semesters. Change your tomorrow by enrolling today!

    Microbiology Introduction Track

    The University of Florida’s online MS in Microbiology & Cell Science with a concentration in Medical Microbiology and Biochemistry program is academically demanding and requires a solid foundation in upper-level science coursework. For students transitioning from different backgrounds into the program, an introduction track provides the necessary framework to successfully complete the remaining coursework.

    The two required courses for the introduction track include:

    Once these courses are completed successfully, students can proceed to other required courses and electives. The introduction track credits count toward the students electives, so entering the program through the track will not slow progress or delay completion expectancy.

    In order to graduate, students must complete the following:

    • Required Courses – 20 credits (including 3 credits of module courses)
    • Elective courses – 10 credits minimum at student’s discretion.

    30 credits in total are needed to graduate

    15 of the 30 credits need to be completed in Microbiology and Cell Science course with a MCB, PCB, or BSC prefix.

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    Required Courses

    These courses must be taken at some point in your education

    MCB 6940 Careers Seminar

    MCB4934/MCB6940 is intended to benefit students making career decisions and organizing their academic credentials to support these decisions. The class will be taught as a lecture/presentation and discussion/activity/hands-on course with emphasis on exploring a wide variety of career opportunities in academia, industry, and alternative professions for (micro)biology majors and related fields.

    Credits: 1
    Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

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    BSC 6459 Fundamentals in Bioinformatics

    Introduction to the basic bioinformatic tools used in computational biology for life science research. The course will use web-based resources that analyze gene and protein sequences as pertinent data examples.

    Credits: 2
    Semester: Fall

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    BCH 5413 Eukaryotic Molecular Biology and Genetics

    This course is designed for graduate or advanced undergraduate students desiring a higher level survey course in molecular biology that is beyond an introductory course. Lectures and discussions will emphasize modern molecular, biochemical, and genetic approaches to solving problems of current interest in molecular biology.

    Credits: 3
    Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

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    MCB 5252 Microbiology, Immunology, and Basis for Immuno-therapeutics

    1. Study the microbial structure and function with regards to their role in pathogenesis and infection. 2. Mechanism of microbial pathogenesis: virulence factors, pathology, transmission, etc. 3. Selected diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoan are discussed 4. The role of immune system in defending the host against infectious diseases, and what happens when it breaks down will be examined. Topics discussed includes; innate and acquired immunity, the role of cytokines, hypersensitivity, Immunodeficiency, autoimmune diseases, vaccines and the role of immune-therapeutics 5. General therapeutic principles and mechanisms of bacterial resistance to anti-microbial drugs will be covered. The discussion regarding anti-microbial agents will include: class, mode of action of anti-microbial agents. The relationship between structure and function and its role in rise of antibiotic-resistant strains will be discussed.

    Credits: 4
    Semester: Spring

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    MCB 5505 Virology

    This course is for beginning graduate and honor students in Microbiology and related disciplines. The course teaches basic information on families of viruses from humans, plants, insects, animals, and bacteria. Lectures cover the basic information of the medical, clinical, diagnostic, biotechnological, and molecular aspects of these viruses.

    Credits: 3
    Semester: Spring

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    IN ADDITION TO ABOVE – STUDENTS MUST CHOOSE ONE OF THESE COURSES

    (One can count as required and one can count as elective if you take both)

    MCB 5205 Microbiology of Human Pathogens

    Survey of advanced topics and current scientific literature related to human host-pathogen interactions and microbial pathogenesis, focusing on emerging bacterial and viral pathogens as agents of human disease, biosecurity, molecular identification methods, spread of multi-drug resistance among bacterial pathogens, drug discovery, and alternative treatment research.

    Credits: 3
    Semester: Fall

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    GMS 6121 Infectious Diseases

    Basic biology and pathogenesis of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Select representative organisms of each pathogen group and their diseases will be covered in detail. This course is coordinated with GMS 7192 Journal Colloquy for the fall, followed by three credits of GMS 6108 Advanced Bacteriology and three credits of GMS 6131 Advanced Virology in the spring.

    Credits: 3
    Semesters: Fall, Summer

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    ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ONE JOURNAL COURSE

    (One can count as required and one can count as elective if you take both)

    MCB 7922 - Journal Colloquy - Host-Microbe Interactions

    This course is an online forum where students will be required to present a primary literature paper of their choosing as a written blog where fellow students will comment and ask questions regarding the content.

    *REPEATABLE COURSE

    Credits: 1
    Semesters: Fall, Spring

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    GMS 7192 - Journal Colloquy – Infectious Disease

    Primary research papers correlated with the material being covered in GMS 6121 Infectious Diseases will be assigned for reading, analysis, and discussion in a bulletin board-type format. This class may be repeated in the spring and the summer.

    *REPEATABLE COURSE

    Credits: 1
    Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

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    Introductory Courses (Intro Track students only)

    MCB 6937 Special Topics – Biology of Microorganisms

    Structure, nutrition and growth of microorganisms; characterization of representative microorganisms and viruses; metabolic properties and introduction to microbial genetics, immunology and pathogenesis of microorganisms.

    Credits: 3
    Office Hours Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30-12:00

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    GMS 5905 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    GMS 5905 is a graduate-level course that surveys the structure, function, and metabolism of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. It introduces concepts in cell structure, replication and growth, and metabolic regulation.

    Credits: 4
    Prerequisites: Organic Chemistry (CHM 2210 and 2211, CHM 2215 and 2216, or their equivalents at other universities) or consent of course coordinator. In certain cases, with permission, CHM 2211 or CHM 2216 may be taken concurrently.

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