Microbiology

  • GMS MI 701: Concepts in Virology
    The goals of this course are to provide a fundamental understanding of virus molecular biology. The course will build on prior understanding of mammalian cellular and molecular biology and will follow the replication cycle of animal viruses, focusing in detail on the molecular mechanisms underlying viral replication. The course will examine key concepts in molecular virology, including virus structure, how viruses can attach and enter cells, express and replicate their genomes, take advantage of the host cell translation machinery, and package and release virus progeny. There will also be lectures on antivirals and how viruses can be manipulated and used as tools. The course will be aimed towards first year Ph.D. students in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and taught by Microbiology Department faculty with expertise in virology. The content will include a combination of powerpoint presentations and discussion of primary research papers. Reading materials will include primary literature and suggested review articles. Students will be evaluated on their discussion of papers, written work, a presentation and a final examination designed to test the students' critical thinking and analytical skills. 2 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS MI 713: Comprehensive Immunology
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    Immunology is a key discipline that interweaves itself through almost every aspect of human health and disease. This course provides a basic yet comprehensive understanding of the immune system for students entering immunological disciplines as well as those from computational, bioengineering and biotechnology fields. It is designed to be accessible to graduate students and advanced undergraduates who have solid backgrounds in biology, genetics and biochemistry. Lectures include both interactive and conventional teaching modes as well as discussion of some assigned papers from the current literature. Topics include in depth looks at both innated and adaptive immunity, cell trafficking, mucosal immunity and the integration of this complex system. Prior exposure to an immunology course is not formally required, albeit extra textbook reading may be necessary by students without such exposure. 4 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS MI 715: Immunological Basis of Disease
    Journal article-based survey of mechanisms underlying diseases caused by abnormal immune system function. Emphasis will be on normal vs. pathological immune system processes towards reinforcing how basic immunological concepts have immediate clinical significance. 2 cr, Spring sem. alternate years
  • GMS MI 811: Microbiology Seminar
    Presentation and discussion of problems of current interest. 2 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS MI 812: Microbiology Seminar
    Presentation and discussion of problems of current interest. 2 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS MI 823: Special Topics in Microbiology
    The goals of this course are to provide a fundamental understanding of pathogen- host interactions. The course will build on prior understanding of cellular and molecular biology (e.g. the FiBS modules) and focus on host defense mechanisms that restrict pathogen invasion, pathogen mechanisms of evasion from innate and cell-intrinsic host defenses, description of virulence factors, and understanding mechanisms of bacterial and viral pathogenesis. Prior exposure to a virology or bacteriology course is beneficial. The classes will be interactive sessions consisting of a combination of PowerPoint presentations and discussion of primary research papers. The course will be aimed towards 1st and 2nd year Ph.D. students in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and taught by Microbiology Department faculty with expertise in viral and bacterial pathogenesis. Students will be assessed on their fundamental understanding of the course content, and their analytical and critical thinking skills. Students will be evaluated on their performance in class participation and in a written examination. Var cr. Spring sem.
  • GMS MI 911: Research Microbiology
    Var cr
  • GMS MI 912: Research Microbiology
    Var cr