Microbiology and Immunology

Course Description

Core Courses

 GMIC 600A, B Microbiology and Immunology (8 total units)
This course consists of two parts: [1] ~55 lectures of relevance from Medical Microbiology and Immunology (MMIC 600 A-B) taken along with medical students on immunology, basic bacteriology and pathogenic bacteria. [2] Students’ review, presentation and discussion of latest articles related to subjects of the lectures. Parts [1] and [2] will be scheduled according to the subject matters. Evaluation: Examinations: Essay type questions. Scores of the student’s presentation. Drs. Beaman, Gilman-Sachs, Fennewald, and Yu.

GMIC 600A Fall Quarter, Immunology, six lecture hours (when scheduled) per week (4 units).
GMIC 600B Winter Quarter, Microbiology, six lecture hours (when scheduled) per week (4 units).

GMIC 605 Molecular Biology Techniques (2 Units)
This course will give students a working knowledge of various molecular experimental approaches and to understand the advantages and limitations to each. Fall, two hours per week. Drs. Everly, Dr. Sharma-Walia and Faculty.

Combined Degree Students are required to take the four "Specialty" IGPBS Courses, Ethics, Stats, Art of Science Presentation and Computers.

Journal Club and Seminar

GMIC 532 Microbiology and Immunology Journal Club (1 unit)
Faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and students discuss current research effort. Participants present their “work in progress” in an informal presentation, which includes an introduction to the field of interest. This series covers topics of research currently being pursued in the department, and is geared towards learning of each other’s work and assisting one another in defining science and presentation skills. Required for all Microbiology and Immunology students. Journal Club continues throughout the entire year. Dr. Everly and Faculty.

GMIC 533 Seminar in Microbiology and Immunology (1 unit)
Presentations on current research in the field of Microbiology and Immunology by invited speakers, faculty and students. Required of all Microbiology and Immunology students. Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters, one hour per week. Dr. Waris and Faculty.

Two Advanced Courses are Required

 (select from the following list)

GMIC 503 Virology (4 units)
This course covers fundamental animal virology including virus structure, classification, replication and genetics. Viruses of current interest that produce human disease (for example, HIV) will be discussed. Other topics may include molecular mechanisms of viral latency, role of viruses in oncogenesis, emerging viral infections of man and viruses and gene transfer vectors in human gene therapy. The course is lecture-based and discussion of original research articles. Evaluation: Grading *60 % - Examinations: Essay type questions. Three written examinations and one oral final examination. *20% - One short paper. Select any virus or related field. Write a paper about the important new discoveries, identify the important problem(s) and approaches that can be taken to answer the questions. Eight pages and include the literature cited. * 20% - Journal presentation and participation. Spring. Drs. Waris and Faculty

GMIC 560 Advanced Immunology (3 units)
The Advanced Immunology Course consists in discussion of research articles. It  will focus on issues related to host-pathogen interaction and response to infection. Particular emphasis will be given to innate immunity and inflammation. Aberrant immune responses that cause pathologies not related to infections (i.e. autoimmunity, allergy, etc) will also be examined. Rather than analyzing each component of the immune response in isolation, the course’s goal is to emphasize how several responses are simultaneously activated in the course of an infection and how they affect each other and the whole organism. Two written exam and a written final report. Grading policy: participation in class discussions (15% of grade), closed-book exams (30% each), and final take-home report (25%). The final grade will be ABCF. Winter Quarter, alternate years, three lecture hours per week. Prerequisites: GMIC 600A or Introductory Immunology and Biochemistry. Dr. Re and Faculty. 

GMIC 606 Cancer Biology and Signaling (2 Units)
This course covers the basic biology of cancer at the cellular and molecular levels with special emphasis on aberrant signal transduction pathways in cancer cells. The course involves lectures and discussion of original research/review articles. Winter Quarter, two hours per week. Winter. Drs. Yu and Faculty.

Optional Advanced Courses

GMIC 510 Introductory Immunology (3 units)
This course is appropriate for non-microbiology and immunology majors who have had no formal training in immunology or who wish to review the fundamentals in preparation for the Advanced Immunology course. An overview of specific and nonspecific immunity, structure and function of immunoglobulins, molecular basis of antibody diversity, T cell and B cell differentiation, cell-cell interactions in the immune response, humoral and cell-mediated immunity, lymphokines and mediators, immunogenetics and major histo-compatibility complexes, complement, inflammation, hypersensitivity, autoimmune and immunodeficiency diseases, tumor immunology and transplantation immunology are among the topics discussed. Fall Quarter, 30–35 total hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Drs. Beaman, Gilman-Sachs and Faculty.

GMIC 520 Molecular Parasitology (3 units)
This course involves theoretical and practical aspects of applying new biological technology to study parasites and parasitic mechanisms of major tropical diseases. Emphasis is on molecular biology (especially DNA and RNA interactions). The depth of coverage depends on the prior training of the participants. Students are expected to actively participate in discussing recent literature as well as in project-oriented research. Research topics may be catered to the background or training and interests of the students. Winter Quarter, three hours per week. Prerequisites: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and/or Molecular Biology. Dr. Chang.

GMIC 542 Selected Topics of Microbiology, Virology, Parasitology, Immunology and Molecular Biology (1-4 units/qtr) Topics for discussion in any of the above areas are announced three months in advance. Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Quarters, one to five hours per week, to be arranged by individual instructors. Prerequisites: GMIC 600A, B All Faculty.

GMIC 549 Flow Cytometric Techniques (1 unit)
Students learn flow cytometric technology including immunophenotyping, cell sorting, DNA kinetics and cellular ploidy analysis. Fall Quarter, alternate years. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Dr. Gilman-Sachs.

GMIC 590 Zero Credit
This designation is utilized for students who have completed all course and research requirements but are continuing with thesis/dissertation work.

Research Courses

GMIC 530 Master’s Thesis in Microbiology and Immunology (units TBA).
Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Quarters. Hours and units of credit to be arranged. All Faculty.

GMIC 699 Doctoral Dissertation in Microbiology and Immunology (units TBA).
Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Quarters. Hours and units of credit to be arranged. All Faculty.

GMIC 599 Introduction to Research (units TBA)
Graduate students, early in their course of study, work with a member of the faculty in research, to learn specific basic procedures to enable students to select their graduate research work. Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Quarters, hours and units of credit to be arranged. All Faculty.

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