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When and why was the MICaB Graduate Program formed?

  • 1996 marked the official start of the MICaB Graduate Program.

  • The MICaB Graduate Program was formed to facilitate ongoing collaborations among the students and faculty, and to initiate new training and research endeavors.

  • In the early 1990’s the microbiologists, immunologists and cancer biologists on campus were mostly affiliated with two long-standing graduate programs: microbiology and pathobiology. There was no graduate program with the word “immunology” in its title at the University of Minnesota. To recognize the growing integration of microbiology, immunology and pathology, and to attract students with an interest in one or more of these interrelated disciplines, the faculty and the University decided to fuse the existing microbiology and pathobiology programs and add immunology. The new program was called Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Pathobiology (MIMP).

  • It quickly became apparent that not many applicants knew exactly what molecular pathobiology meant. And the acronym MIMP was pretty lame, as it rhymed with wimp. About this time the new Masonic Cancer Center Research Building opened, and since most of the molecular pathobiologists were doing some type of cancer research, we decided to substitute “cancer biology” for “molecular pathobiology.” MICaB was born.





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