MICROBIO 320 Infectious Disease and Defense

This is a sophomore/junior level lecture course designed to provide microbiology and biology majors with a basic understanding of  the mechanisms by which microorganisms, including bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and viruses cause disease, and the mechanisms of host defense against infectious microbes. Emerging and reemerging infectious diseases and development of resistance to antimicrobial agents are also discussed. Specifically, students study the innate and adaptive immune responses, cells and organs of the immune system, MHC and HLA systems, the mechanisms of antigen processing and presentation, immune dysfunction, hypersensitivities, autoimmune disorders, principles of vaccine development, HIV/AIDS and the immune system as well as the role of the immune system in cancer development. Students also learn the mechanisms used by various pathogens to evade the immune response.

Semester(s) offered: 
BIOLOGY 100, 101 and MICROBIO 310