Science at the heart of medicine

7009 Microbes

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the principles of microbial pathogenesis and host-pathogen interactions. The mechanisms of bacterial, fungal, and parasitic pathogenesis will be discussed through lectures, literature reviews and team based discussions. The course will begin with an overview of the major types of pathogens and strategies used by pathogens to survive in hosts. Later sessions will focus upon specific pathogens and specialized topics relating to microbial pathogenesis and the host response to microbial pathogens.

We will emphasize a team based and active learning approach requiring frequent and active class discussions. Students will be responsible for reading the assigned papers, leading team based discussions and will be asked to prepare a final grant proposal/presentation in lieu of a final examination. Questions to test knowledge and comprehension will be interspersed throughout the course. The grade will be based on participation, knowledge test scores and final presentation.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: N/A

PREREQUISITES: Undergraduate major in Biology or related coursework in Microbiology. If unsure can discuss required background with Course Leader.

STUDENT PREPARATION: Basic understanding of common pathogens, virulence and immune response to infection.

SUITABLE FOR 1ST YEAR STUDENTS: Yes

UNIQUE TRAINING OFFERED IN THIS COURSE: Mastering the concepts regarding host-pathogen interactions.  Develop skills to identify important aspects of the host pathogen interaction.  Develop hypothesis and experimental strategies to characterize biology, virulence and immune mechanism around this topic. Learning to communicate science and provide and receive scientific critiques. We will have one or two lectures in virology, however Virology as a 4 week course is also offered for interested students.

STUDENT ASSESSMENTS: The grade will be based on participation, knowledge test scores and final presentation.

THE COURSE IS LIMITED TO A GROUP OF 20 STUDENTS 

CREDIT HOURS: 2.0