Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
2023 - 2024
M, W, F, 3:30 - 4:50pm
Discusses cellular, molecular, genetic, and immunological principles that govern viral infection. Presents a survey of main virus groups with a detailed discussion of several representative human pathogens. Includes topics: replication strategies, pathogenesis, carcinogenesis, vaccination, and the use of viruses as tools in molecular and cell biology. Emphasizes interactions of viral and host cell processes.
Learning ObjectivesUpon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Compare and contrast replication strategies from attachment to egress for a variety of viruses.
- Evaluate how the structural and genomic features of viruses impact their epidemiology and pathogenesis.
- Discuss mechanisms by which viruses are spread and controlled in human individuals and populations.
- Explain mechanisms of viral pathogenesis for a variety of viruses.
- Analyze and interpret scientific writing and data on virology topics.
- Debate and defend positions on public policy regarding infectious diseases based on scientific data.
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
- 10% Quizzes
- 20% Midterm
- 20% Final Exam
- 20% Discussion
- 30% Assignments
Required for MMI students. All students taking this course should have a good cell biology background.