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Immunology & Microbiology Program Courses

The courses listed below include required courses of the core curriculum, research and milestone courses, as well as program specific advanced topics, seminars, journal clubs and tutorials for specialization in Immunology & Microbiology.

  • Infection and Immune Response | BBS 755

    Programs: Immunology & Microbiology

    Infectious disease is among the strongest agents of natural selection, and adaptations constituting the armament of pathogens and the defense of the host involve many of the most fascinating mechanisms in biology. This course presents a modern view of the fundamental biology of bacterial and viral disease in the context of molecular mechanisms of host defense. A detailed knowledge of cellular and molecular components of the immune system will be integrated with current understanding of microbial virulence strategies, to provide a working understanding of biological mechanisms important in health and disease. The course is organized as three integrated sections focusing on the fields of immunology, bacterial pathogenesis, and virology. Students will obtain a background for advanced course work in each of these disciplines. We will focus on three themes; (1) basic properties of microbes and the innate and adaptive immune defenses that have evolved to respond to them, (2) the interplay—in both dynamic and evolutionary sense—between host defenses and microbial virulence, and (3) the mechanisms of pathogenesis during infection. Comparative clinical and epidemiological pictures of selected diseases will be presented, and will serve as a framework for development of key molecular, cellular, and physiological concepts. 

    Course DirectorTimothy Kowalik

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2021

  • Introduction to Virology | BBS 755a

    Programs: Immunology & Microbiology

    This is the virology component of BBS 755 Infection and Immune Response.

    Course Director: Timothy Kowalik, Trudy Morrison

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2020

  • Bacterial Pathogenesis | BBS 755b

    Programs: Immunology & Microbiology

    This is the bacteriology component of BBS 755 Infection and Immune Response

    Course Director:Timothy Kowalik, Javier Irazoqui

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2015

  • Introduction to Immunology | BBS 755c

    Programs: Immunology & Microbiology

    This is the immunology component of BBS 755 Infection and Immune Response

    Course Director: Timothy Kowalik, Micheael Brehm

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2021

  • Molecular and Cellular Immunology | BBS 821

    Programs: Immunology & Microbiology

    Some of the most active areas of current immunology are investigated through the reading and discussion of research papers. Students further develop the ability to pose questions and design experiments to answer them through writing a research proposal. Topics to be covered include: regulation of lineage specification/commitment and antigen receptor gene recombination; mechanisms of immunological tolerance and lymphocyte activation, cellular transactions and their consequences (e.g., APC:T cell); and immune responses in infectious diseases.

    Course Director: Joonsoo Kang

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Fall 2020

  • Advanced Animal Virology | BBS 822

    Programs: Immunology & Microbiology

    This is a paper reading-based course discussing in depth new findings in animal virology, including viral biochemistry and molecular biology, genetics, oncogenesis, and pathogenesis. The course will be team-taught by UMMS faculty. The course will begin with introductory lectures to provide background for more advanced readings. Students will then cover different specific areas chosen by the professors in detail with paper readings. At the end of the course the students will write a research proposal and present it to the class and faculty. Course can be taken for three credits with proposal and presentation or for two credits without proposal.

    Course Director: Trudy Morrison

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Fall 2015

  • Advanced Bacterial Pathogenesis | BBS 823

    Programs: Immunology & Microbiology

    This course introduces students to cutting-edge topics in bacterial pathogenesis in a class format designed to encourage both critical analysis and concentration on experimental design, which will aid students in preparation for qualifying exams. The course meets once per week for 2.5-3 hours. Depending on class size and on a rotating basis, groups of two or three students lead discussions of selected topics. Presenting students are required to prepare written reviews to focus the discussion. The bulk of class time is devoted to open discussion and critical analysis of the literature, and constructive criticism of student reviews. Each student develops and presents a research proposal on one of the topics discussed. Students taking the course for 2 credits will not be required to prepare the research proposal and research plans. Grading is based on written reviews, quality of presentations, and class participation (all students) and on the quality of the research outline (students taking the class for 3 credits).

    Course Directors: Javier Irazoqui, Beth McCormick

    Course Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Fall 2020

  • Immunology and Virology Graduate Student Seminars | BBS 833

    Programs: Immunology & Microbiology

    Advanced Immunology & Microbiology Program graduate students present seminars on their thesis research.

    Course Director: Eric Huseby

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Fall 2020

  • Immunobiology and Virology Spring Seminar Series | BBS 834

    Programs: Immunology & Microbiology

    Leading researchers present a weekly seminar on a basic or clinical immunology and virology topic. Prior to the seminar, students read papers suggested by the seminar speaker and discuss the papers in class. Following the seminar, graduate students meet with the speaker for a discussion of the formal seminar. This course surveys the most important areas of basic and clinical immunology and virology including, but not limited to, antigen presentation; gene rearrangements; and expression of the genes for antigen receptors, immune tolerance, cytokines, immune cell development, immunodeficiency diseases, autoimmune diseases, human immune system malignancies and immune response to infectious agents such as viruses, parasites and bacteria.

    Course Director: Neal Silverman, Eric Huseby, Javier Irazoqui

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2021

  • Immunology and Virology Summer Tutorial | BBS 846

    Programs: Immunology & Microbiology

    This course is designed to help first-year students prepare for the Immunology & Microbiology Program advanced topics courses in the fall, learn how to think critically about articles, and meet senior students in the program. Students in the class will read one primary and one review paper the week before each class. The topic, paper and review will be chosen by two student mentors. In a brief presentation; the mentors will describe the current state of the field and summarize the review. The class will then discuss the chosen article and critically analyze the positives and negatives of techniques, systems, conclusions, etc.

    Course Director: Neal Silverman

    Semester Offered: Summer

    Last Taught: Summer 2021

  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology | CTS 721

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, Immunology & Microbiology, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course is designed to provide a historical perspective on infectious disease epidemiology as a basis for understanding current global health research and programs aimed at disease control, elimination, eradication and extinction. A passing grade will be based on class participation, discussing required readings and a final written (take-home) report.

    Prerequisites: CTS605A or permission from instructor

    Course Director: Ann Moormann

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Has not been taught within past two years

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