MICR 671 Basics of Immunology and Microbiology

The Basics of Immunology and Microbiology course is focused on presenting the fundamental principles of microorganisms in the context of their interaction with humans as the core knowledge necessary for effective and efficient diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. The course begins with an overview of microbial groups, introduction of some common pathogens, their features, replication strategies and basic mechanisms of pathogenesis. In parallel the key immunological principles will be discussed. This will facilitate cross-linkage and a more in-depth understanding of the body’s natural defense mechanisms against infectious agents. Examples of immune system failure will be presented in the context of diversity of the infectious disorders and some primary immunodeficiency syndromes. Such compound knowledge will allow students to understand how microbial growth and pathogenicity could be controlled through the use therapeutic compounds combined with physical and chemical control methods.