University of South Alabama

Interdisciplinary Program in Basic Medical Sciences

Course Curriculum in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology,
        Infectious Diseases and Host Defense Track

Required
Microbes and Host Defense (MIC 530)
Literature Reports (MIC 536)
Research Seminar (MIC 636)
Directed Studies (MIC 537)
        Research/Dissertation (MIC 799)
Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series

         Plus one of the following advanced courses
         
Advanced Microbial Pathogenesis (MIC 630)
                 Advanced Immunology (MIC 632)

         Advanced Virology (MIC 633)

Electives
        Courses as suggested by the student's dissertation committee

 

Microbes and Host Defense (MIC 530) 
3 credits (Staff)

This course presents the fundamental aspects of microbiology including morphology, metabolism of microorganisms, the basic principles of the use of antibiotics and chemotherapeutic agents, microbial genetics, virology, and medical microbial ecology. The principles of immunology and infection in relation to clinical disease are discussed with special emphasis on laboratory diagnosis.

Advanced Microbial Pathogenesis (MIC 630)
3 credits (Fortwendel, Brett, Burtnick, Audia)

This course will provide state-of-the-art knowledge on selected topics in microbial pathogenesis, including molecular mechanisms and emerging technologies. The course offers an integrated view of the genetics and biochemistry of microbial structures in bacteria and fungi of medical importance. Lectures and assignments will cover advanced information on topics such as bacterial and fungal structures, protein secretion, uptake of nutrients and other molecules, global regulatory signals and signal transduction pathways, lifestyles of intracellular and extracellular bacteria, aspects of innate immunity, mobile genetic elements, toxins, and microbe interactions with host cells.

Advanced Immunology (MIC 632)
3 credits (Barrington, Staff)

Selected topics in immunology are considered using formal lectures followed by student presentations. Design and interpretation of immunological experiments are emphasized throughout the course.

Advanced Virology (MIC 633)
3 credits (Staff)

This course reviews the reproductive cycles of important human viruses and subviral agents and the diseases they cause. The focus is on the molecular biology of animal viruses and their mechanisms of regulation, assembly, and pathogenesis. Human immunodeficiency virus will be considered in detail. The course is constructed as an interactive lecture series with student reports and literature surveys.

 

Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series

 

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