IMM450Y1 - Research Project in Immunology

Course Description:

An opportunity for specialized research in Immunology under the supervision of a member of the Faculty. There are no pre- or co-requisites, although preference is given to Immunology Specialist and Major students. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

IMM450Y is a full credit course in which the student takes part in an original research project in the laboratory of a faculty member associated with the Immunology Specialist program. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for the student: (1) to discover if they have an interest in and a capability for a career in research; (2) to discover in detail, through active participation, the research projects being undertaken in a specific laboratory. Moreover, it allows for faculty appraisal of the potential of the student for graduate research education.

The student is expected to devote a minimum of seven hours per week (normally one full day or two half days) to the course from the week the fall term lectures begin to the last week of the spring term in which lectures are given. This time is to be spent in the laboratory carrying out experiments. Data evaluation, literature reading, report and oral presentation preparation are to be done outside of the laboratory time. The time available should be sufficient for the student to complete a project and to become familiar with a number of techniques used in cellular or molecular biology.

Course Requirement

There are no pre- or co-requisites, although preference is given to Immunology Specialist and Major students.


Applications are now closed for 2023-24. If you have submitted a ballot and have secured a supervisor, we will enrol you in the course shortly. If you have not secured a supervisor, we will be in touch soon.

Report and Oral Presentation

Each student will be required to submit a final report to the course coordinator containing the purpose, rationale, results, discussion and conclusions of the project. In addition, an oral presentation of about 10 minutes will be given by the student to other students in the course and their supervisors.


The grade awarded will be based on the talk 10%; report 20%; evaluation by supervisor 70%.

Course Coordinator:

Dr. Alberto Martin


2023-24 Syllabus