Courses by Department

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

The courses listed below are primarily intended for students seeking the M.S. or Ph.D. degree in microbiology and immunology, and for medical students seeking a combined M.D. and graduate degree. Complete program information is provided in the Graduate School Bulletin and/or departmental brochures.

  • MICR–J 510 Infectious Microbes and Host Interactions (3 cr.) P: Graduate-level biochemistry. Emphasis on the molecular and cellular events that permit pathogenic bacteria and viruses to enter human cells and disrupt cell function while evading the host’s immune system. Staff
  • MICR–J 601 Medical Immunology (2 cr.) Introduction to natural and acquired immune mechanisms, with consideration of their significance to medicine. Topics will include both normal and abnormal immune processes, including recovery from and prevention of disease, immune-mediated pathological processes, tumor immunology, immunodeficiency, and auto-immunity. Designed to precede and complement J822 General and Medical Microbiology. Smith
  • MICR–J 800 Advanced Microbiology (arr. cr.) P: Consent of instructor. The approach to problems in microbiology, including the application of techniques of bacteriology, genetics, immunology, mycology, parasitology, virology, and zoology. Staff
  • MICR–J 802 Introduction to Research (2 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Laboratory research instruction in microbiology and immunology. Purpose is to introduce students to three different research programs in microbiology and/or immunology. Staff
  • MICR–J 807 Current Topics in Immunology (2 cr.) P: Graduate standing, J805 or J840 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Discussion and review of current literature in selected topics in immunology. Emphasis on molecular and cellular events in lymphocyte activation and regulation. Topic varies from year to year. May be repeated for credit. Staff May be repeated for credit.
  • MICR–J 810 Research in Microbiology (arr. cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Data obtained from work in this course may be used to meet thesis requirements for advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry, or in the Graduate School. Staff
  • MICR–J 822 General and Medical Microbiology (3 cr.) Lectures covering the biology of various pathogenic organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, their role in human disease with emphasis on determinants of microbial virulence, the mechanisms of host responses to infection, and the role of these factors in the pathogenesis of disease. Staff
  • MICR–J 829 Current Topics in Molecular Genetics of Microorganisms (2 cr.) P: Graduate standing, J821, J828 or G865, consent of instructor. In-depth study of a specific topic in contemporary molecular genetics of microorganisms. Topic varies; may be taken for credit more than once. Staff
  • MICR–J 842 Neoplastic Determinants (2 cr.) P: G865, G817 or equivalent and consent of instructor. Focus on the genetic basis of the cancer phenotype. Consider effects of DNA sequence mutations, chromosomal rearrangements, and/or introduction of new genetic information on DNA repair, oncogene products, and tumor suppressors. Intra- and intercellular consequences of these direct alterations will be studied. Staff
  • MICR–G 505 Responsible Conduct of Research (1 cr.) An overview of the rules and standards required for anyone conducting responsible scientific research.
  • MICR–G 720 Stem Cell Biology (1 cr.) This course will cover the self-renewal, proliferative, survival, differentiation, and migration/homing characteristics of hematopoietic and embryonic stem cells, how these functions are regulated by cytokines/chemokines and other external stimuli, and what their clinical capabilities are and might be.
  • MICR–G 728 Fundamentals of Infection and Pathogenesis (1 cr.) This course will cover concepts of host-pathogen interactions ranging from pathogen entry, growth pathogen survival strategies, and transmission to new hosts. Basics of bacterial, viral, and parasitic structures will be considered as they relate to pathogenesis.
  • MICR–G 729 Immunology I—Introduction to the Immune System (1 cr.) An introductory biomedical science, lecture-based, core course intended for all incoming basic science doctoral graduate students in the School of Medicine programs or other interested graduate students. The course will cover components of the immune system, development of the immune system, the immune response to pathogens, and immunological disease.
  • MICR–G 817 Eukaryotic Cell Biology (2 cr.) P: One semester of biochemistry. Organization and function of subcellular structures. Intracellular coordination of cell activity: protein and RNA trafficking, chromatin dynamics, and intracellular processing of receptor mediated signals.
  • MICR–G 837 Mammalian DNA Repair and Disease (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. The molecular biology of genetic repair and mutation; emphasis on human systems and human disease states related to DNA repair; mechanisms of DNA repair and regulation of DNA repair in mammalian cells.
  • MICR–G 852 Concepts of Cancer Biology: Signaling Gone Awry (2 cr.) P: Completion of the BioMed I, II, & III courses or consent of instructor. Fundamentals of cancer biology; the signaling events that regulate cell growth, survival, and differentiation; how mutation/dysregulation of signaling molecules leads to cancer and might be exploited for treatment.

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