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MCBI: Microbiology and Immunology

7400. Medical Microbiology and Immunology I (4)
P: BIOC 7300 or equivalent; consent of chair. Basic concepts and principles of immunology, genetics, and virology as they pertain to medical microbiology and medicine. Introduction to cellular and humoral aspects of the immune system and to mechanisms of host resistance to infectious disease. Survey of medically important viruses. Emphasis on biochemical anatomy, mechanisms of pathogenesis, lab diagnosis, and methods of control and prevention of infection.
7401. Medical Microbiology and Immunology II (4)
P: BIOC 7300 or equivalent; MCBI 7400; consent of chair. Basic principles of medical bacteriology, mycology, and parasitology. Emphasis on mechanisms of pathogenesis, methods of laboratory diagnosis, and methods of control and prevention of diseases caused by these organisms. Content includes anatomy, physiology and genetics of medically important species of bacteria, fungi, animal parasites, and lab exercises.
7410. Molecular Cell Biology (4) Same as ANAT 7202
P: Consent of course director. Foundational cornerstone for students interested in a contemporary research career. Principles of modern molecular biology as applied to study of cell structure and function. Includes fundamentals of molecular and cellular biology of both prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and techniques used to study these problems. Emphasis on critical analysis of experimental data and experimental basis of current knowledge of cellular processes.
7420. Physiology and Ultrastructure of Microorganisms I (4)
P: General microbiology and general biochemistry or consent of instructor. Advanced topics in molecular genetics and biochemical and physical organization of prokaryotic organism. Focuses on relationships of structure to function, growth, and metabolism and genetic mechanisms that regulate these activities in environment. Offered in spring semester of odd-numbered years.
7430. Cytometric Technologies (3) Same as PATH 7430
The principles, instrumentation and methodologies of cytometry, with emphasis on flow cytometry and confocal microscopy.
7440. Advanced Molecular Genetics (4)
P: MCBI 7410 or consent of course director. Detailed, critical presentation of molecular structure-function relationship in stability, dynamics, and expression of genetic information of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. State-of-the-art analytical and synthetic approaches to molecular genetic problems.
7450. Immunology (4)
P: BIOC 7300 or equivalent; MCBI 7400 or equivalent; consent of course director. Concise presentation of immunology, immunity, and immunopathology. Immunology includes principles of induction and expression of specific immune responses. Immunochemical and cellular principles of immune responses. Immunity includes role of immune reactions in infections and cancer. Immunopathology emphasizes roles of immune system in tissue damage and disease.
7460. Advanced Virology (3)
P: MCBI 7401 or consent of course director. Topics covered include basic viral structure and classification, replication, genetics, pathogenesis, viral vectors, emerging viruses, and antiviral strategies and vaccines. Current and emerging issues in virology covered by reading and discussing most recent scientific literature.
7480. Seminars in Microbiology and Immunology* (1)
May be repeated. May count maximum of 5 s.h. Microbiology and immunology students required to register each fall and spring semester while pre-candidates. P: Consent of course director. Program of formal seminars and student journal club presentations focused on current topics in microbiology and immunology.
7490. Topics in Microbiology and Immunology (1-4)
May be repeated. May count maximum of 5 s.h. P: MCBI 7400 or equivalent; consent of chair. Critical presentation of topics of current importance in microbiology and immunology and focusing on a particular subdiscipline, problem, or group of organisms.
7498. Problems in Microbiology and Immunology* (1-8)
May be repeated. May count maximum of 12 s.h. P: Consent of chair. Supervised nondissertation research in microbiology or immunology. For the first two semesters registered, the student ordinarily is assigned to a different faculty preceptor. Two preceptorships will ordinarily be required of each doctoral student.
9000. Dissertation* (3-12)
May be repeated. May count maximum of 18 s.h.
9001. Dissertation: Summer Research (1)
May be repeated. No credit may count toward degree. Students conducting dissertation research may only register for this course during the summer.
MCBI Banked Courses
6405. Contemporary Problems in Microbiology and Immunology (2)
6421. Physiology and Ultrastructure of Microorganisms II (4)
6425. Microbial Systematics (3)
6426. Anaerobic Bacteriology (1-3)
6451. Immunological Techniques (3)
6452. The Lymphocyte (3)
6453. Hybridoma Technology (2)
6461. Diagnostic Virology (2)
6462. Molecular Virology Laboratory (3-5)
6470. Internships in Microbiology and Immunology (2-6)