MICROBIO 597N ST Parasitology and Neglected Tropical Diseases

This course focuses on parasites - pathogens of neglected tropical diseases. The pathogens covered in this course include the ones that cause malaria, African sleeping sickness, river blindness, Chaga's disease, kala-azar, guinea-worm disease, among other tropical diseases. Students will learn the basic principles of parasitology, life cycles of the parasite pathogens, epidemiology, host-parasite interactions, drug treatments and vector control programs, along with information on the basic biology, biochemistry, and genetics of selected parasites. The course is primarily lecture-based, but includes dedicated time for discussion and student-led journal clubs: student's participation is highly encouraged. 

Semester(s) offered: 
Spring
Prerequisites: 
MICROBIO 310 and either BIOCHEM 275 or 285
Level: 
Both
Credits: 
3