224 Introduction to Microbial Pathogenesis (IDP 125). 3 credits. This course will cover the basic concepts of host-microbe interactions that occur during infectious disease. It will emphasize the importance of pathogens, their diversity and mechanisms of pathogenesis. It will also expose students to major themes and concepts related to microbial pathogen research.
250 Advanced Microbial Pathogenesis. 3 credits. This course will cover in depth discussions of specific host-microbe interactions that occur during infectious disease. Each week students will either receive a journal article or problem set. The focus of this course is to foster development of critical thinking and scientific presentation skills using examples of current and/or seminal research in microbial pathogenesis. Students will learn to critically analyze and present data obtained from experimental, scientific, and translational papers.
296 Fundamentals of Immunology. 3 credits. Fundamentals of immunology, including immunochemistry and cellular aspects of the immune response, with illustrative reference to immunological factors in human health and disease.
276 General and Molecular Virology. 3 credits. An introduction to the cellular and molecular biology of bacterial and animal viruses. Particular emphasis is given to virus cell interactions at the molecular level, including the immune response to viral infections, as well as to current research on mechanisms of viral replication and its effects on biochemical regulatory mechanisms in host cells. Lectures and seminars.
225 Medical Bacteriology. 3 credits. An advanced study of bacteria pathogenic to man, their pathogenic mechanisms, the immune responses of the human host to their invasion, the epidemiology of the diseases they produce, and their antibiotic and chemotherapeutic sensitivity.
231 Molecular Biology of Pathogenic Eukaryotes.3 credits. This course focuses on recent approaches in studying pathogenic eukaryotes. Course will include molecular genetics of model systems and how these apply to current research problems in infectious diseases. Representative eukaryotic pathogens will be studied. Students will learn to critically analyze and present data obtained from experimental, scientific, and translational papers. Course will emphasize essential elements of experimental design, analysis of results and scientific logic. All participants are required present experimental problems.
229 Analysis of Research Literature. 1 credit
A required course for all doctoral candidates in journal club format. Current literature is presented and critically discussed by all students.
281 Selected Topics in Microbiology. 1-4 credits
Topic and credit by arrangement.
298 Seminar in Microbiology. 1 credit
299 Research Proposal in Microbiology. 3 credits
A required course for all doctoral candidates in which the student prepares, in National Institutes of Health grant format, a written proposal on the candidate's dissertation research. The student presents and defends his proposal to his/her research committee as a basis for the Preliminary Examination.
300 Thesis Research. variable credits
Registration by permission of the major professor. Amount of credit must be stated at the time of registration.
400 Dissertation Research. 1-9 credits
Registration by consent of the Head of the Department. Amount of credit to be stated at the time of registration.
100 Introduction to Medical Immunology. 30 hrs. (for medical students). This course will provide students with foundational knowledge in immunology. Topics will include innate immunity, antibody structure, antigen recognition, B-cell immunity, and immune system development. Other topics will include immunoassays, mucosal immunity, principles of vaccination, hypersensitivity, immune deficiencies, autoimmunity, and transplant immunology. It will serve as the foundation for student understanding about immunologic disease in more depth during the second year organ system blocks. It will also serve as the foundation for understanding the response to microbial pathogens in the development of infectious diseases.