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Graduate Courses

Microbiology 504 [3 cr.]

Cellular Biotechnology. Provides an overview and integration of six disciplinary foci: cell biology and culture ecology and evolution molecular genetics and protein engineering bioseparation and processing biosensing and analysis cellular modeling, prediction, and control. Winter term.

Microbiology 512/Pharmacology 502 [2 cr.]

Introduction to Scientific Communication. Cross listed course - Pharmacology 502. This course introduces graduate students to essential scientific communication skills. Beginning with the relatively easy task of learning to search the literature over the Internet and ending with the challenges of writing an NRSA grant application and giving a short seminar, each student will develop confidence in both written and spoken scientific communication. Class meetings alternate between presentations by local experts on various topics and student presentations of their work in progress. In-depth analysis of student writing and presentation skills will be provided in class by the instructor, by other students working in small groups, as well as by guest scientists. Through a series of assignments, each student will write a grant over the course of the semester on a topic of his or her choice. By the end of the term each student will have polished and revised the proposal to a high quality product that will be presented both orally and in written form to the rest of the class. Finally, each student will participate in a mock study section to constructively evaluate each other's grants. Prerequisite: Must be in the second year or higher of a PIBS-related graduate program. Winter term. View the course syllabus.

Microbiology 599 [1-8 cr.]

Independent Non-Dissertation Research for Graduate Students. Permission of instructor. Students may undertake independent library or laboratory research study under the supervision of an appropriate faculty member. May be taken any term as a pre-candidate, for a letter grade.

Microbiology 607 [2 cr.]

Microbial Pathogenesis. Prerequisite: Introductory microbiology or permission of course director. Topics include regulatory mechanisms of pathogens, toxins and toxinogenesis, secretion, adherence and invasion. The course is literature-based, although each session begins with a discussion by the instructor to provide context and background for papers under discussion. Primarily covers bacterial pathogens. Winter term.

Microbiology 615 [2 cr.]

Molecular and Cellular Determinants of Viral Pathogenesis. Prerequisite: Microbiology 503 or equivalent. Concepts of viral pathogenesis and controls. Early events, entry, receptors, tropism determinants. Replication and interactions with host defenses. Transmission in populations; smallpox as a paradigm. The format includes a combination of lecture and critical analysis of primary literature. Winter term.

Microbiology 619 [1 cr.]

Special Topics:  These one-credit courses will be one-time offerings, each covering an area of current microbiology, immunology or related research, to be held 4 weeks of winter or fall term, respectively. 

Microbiology 630 [1 cr.]

Short Course. Special Topics in Genetics. Cross listed as Human Genetics 630. Lectures are open to anyone interested, but only Genetics Training Grant students and CMB students may register for this course. Please contact the Cellular and Molecular Biology department for fall term schedule and the Human Genetics department for winter term schedule.

Microbiology 640 [3 cr.]

Molecular and Cellular Immunology. Prerequisites: Graduate standing; Physics, Biology 305, Biol. Chem. 415, and MCDB 436/Micrbiol 502 or equivalent; permission of instructor for undergraduates or non-candidate for degree (NCFD) students. This three-credit course is focused upon molecular and cellular aspects of vertebrate immunology. Topics covered include: Mechanisms of antigen recognition in innate and adaptive immunity, antigen processing and presentation, the MHC, generation of diversity in immune receptors, B and T cell development, activation, differentiation, death and effector functions; mechanisms of homeostasis and immunosuppression; NK cells and other innate immune cell types, immunological tolerance and its breakdown; microbial immunity; and immune cell signal transduction. The course includes both didactic lectures and discussion-type seminars based upon contemporary research papers. A previous introductory course in immunology is recommended. Fall term.

Microbiology 812 [1 cr.]

Microbiology Seminar. Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Students. An analysis of advances at the frontiers of microbiology. Every microbiology graduate student is required to enroll in this course each semester. Students give one seminar per year on a journal article or their own research.

Microbiology 995 [8 cr.]

Candidate Dissertation Research. Prerequisite: Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral candidate. Election for dissertation work by Microbiology and Immunology doctoral students who have been advanced to status as candidates. All terms, taken as an S/U course.