Curriculum – Fall 2015

First Half of Fall Semester 2015

DBS Core Course – Genes Thread
DBS Core Course – Proteins Thread

Second Half of Fall Semester 2015

DBS Core Course – Cells Thread

Principles of Microbiology
2 credit hours
Presents basic introductory material necessary for understanding the molecular biology of viruses and bacteria. Basic principles of interactions between these microbes and hosts resulting in infection will also be discussed. In addition to examining aspects of microbial biology, methods commonly used to manipulate and analyze DNA, proteins, and cell culture are also presented.

First Half of Spring Semester 2016

Molecular Microbiology I: Bacterial Genetics and Pathogenesis (2.5 credit hours) 
This course will address concepts that are essential for understanding the genetics and virulence mechanisms of bacterial pathogens. Topics explored include: bacterial transcription and regulation of transcription; post-transcriptional regulatory mechanisms; genetic tools to study bacteria; effector proteins, toxins, and their secretion systems; and adherence and invasion mechanisms. Emphasis will be placed on original experimentation and literature.

Molecular Microbiology II: Viral Genetics and Pathogenesis (2 credit hours)
This course will cover mechanisms essential for viral replication and infection. Topics that will be addressed include: viral entry, assembly and egress; replication of RNA and DNA viruses; viral transcriptional and post-transcriptional mechanisms; viral immune evasion strategies; and tools for studying viruses. Emphasis will be placed on original experimentation and literature.

Second Half of Spring Semester 2016

Immunobiology of Infectious Diseases (1.5 credit hours)
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.

Year Two of Graduate Studies and Beyond

Contemporary Topics in Microbiology (1 credit hour; required each semester)
Significant new research in microbiology is presented and discussed in a journal club format. The fundamental aspects of diverse microbes are emphasized, particularly those that are not covered elsewhere in coursework.

Student WIP Seminar in Microbiology (1 credit hours; required each semester)
Students present seminars as works-in-progress describing their ongoing research. The interpretation and analysis of experimental data are emphasized.