Immunology Course Descriptions

Core Curriculum – Genes
Fall (1st half)
2 credit hours
Molecular genetics of model organisms; DNA replication, repair and recombination; transcription; RNA catalysis, processing and interference; translation; protein turnover; developmental biology; and genomics.

Core Curriculum – Proteins
Fall (1st half)
2 credit hours
Energetic basis of protein structure; stability; ligand binding and regulation; enzyme mechanics and kinetics; methods of purification; and analysis by spectroscopic methods.

Core Curriculum – Cells
Fall (2nd half)
2 credit hours
Cell structure; membrane biology; intracellular membrane and protein trafficking; energy conversion; signal transduction and second messengers; cytoskeleton; cell cycle; and introductory material in microbiology, immunology, and neurobiology.

Fundamentals of Immunology
Fall (2nd half)
2 credit hours
An integrated series of lectures designed to familiarize students with cellular, molecular, and biochemical aspects of the development of the immune system and the immune response. The course focuses on the development of the immune system and the function of its major components.

Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Spring (Full semester)
3 credit hours
An integrated series of lectures designed to familiarize students with cellular, molecular, and biochemical aspects of the development of the immune system and the immune response. The first half of the course focuses on the immune system and the function of its major components. The second half focuses on how the various components are integrated during the response to infectious agents, how the system is naturally perturbed in diseases of autoimmunity and immunodeficiency, and how the system can be controlled therapeutically.

Immunology Research Principles
Summer (Full semester) 
1.5 credit hours
This course focuses on the logic of experimental design and the development of scientific communication skills, with particular emphasis on writing skills. Students design, compose, and present their own research proposals and evaluate their colleagues' proposals in small-group discussion sessions with the aid of faculty advisors.

Immunology of Infectious Disease
Spring (2nd half)
1.5 credit hours
This course examines the host/parasite relationship from both the standpoint of the pathogenic organism and the human host. Emphasis is placed on molecular and cellular mechanisms that contribute to and provide resistance to disease. In general, this course surveys a broad range of pathogenic organisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, nematodes, and unicellular eukaryotic parasites.

Professionalism, Responsible Conduct of Research, and Ethics I
Fall (Full semester)
1 credit hour
Topics covered through lectures and small group discussions: goals of education in RCR; professionalism; collaboration; teambuilding and professional behaviors; everyday practice of ethical science; mentorship; data management and reproducibility; animal research; genetics and human research.

Professionalism, Responsible Conduct of Research, and Ethics II
Spring (Full semester)
1 credit hour
Topics covered through lectures and small group discussions: codes of ethics and misconduct; building inter-professional teams; conflict of interest; sexual boundaries and professional behavior; applications of genetic testing; technology transfer and intellectual property; plagiarism, authorship, and citation; Peer review; image and data manipulation.