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This archived information is dated to the 2008-09 academic year only and may no longer be current.

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Undergraduate courses in Microbiology and Immunology

MI 25N. Modern Plagues

Preference to freshmen. Molecular and medical aspects of new and old microorganisms that infect humans. Goal is to place modern human plagues in scientific and historical perspective. Focus is on factors that lead to emergence and control.

3 units, not given this year

MI 104. Innate Immunology

(Same as MI 204.) (Undergraduates register for 104.) Innate immune mechanisms as the only defenses used by the majority of multicellular organisms. Topics include Toll signaling, NK cells, complement, antimicrobial peptides, phagocytes, neuroimmunity, community responses to infection, and the role of native flora in immunity. How microbes induce and defeat innate immune reactions, including examples from vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants.

3 units, Spr (Schneider, D)

MI 115B. The Vaccine Revolution

(Same as HUMBIO 155B.) Advanced seminar. Human aspects of viral disease, focusing on recent discoveries in vaccine development and emerging infections. Journal club format: students choose articles from primary scientific literature, write formal summaries, and synthesize them into a literature review. Emphasis is on analysis, experimental design, and interpretation of data. Oral presentations. Enrollment limited to 10. Prerequisites: HUMBIO 155H, MI 155V.

6 units, Aut (Siegel, R)

MI 155H. Humans and Viruses I

(Same as HUMBIO 155H.) Introduction to human virology integrating epidemiology, molecular biology, clinical sciences, social sciences, history, and the arts. Emphasis is on host pathogen interactions and policy issues. Topics: polio and vaccination, smallpox and eradication, yellow fever and history, influenza and genomic diversity, rubella and childhood infections, adenovirus and viral morphology, ebola and emerging infection, lassa fever and immune response.

6 units, not given this year

MI 155V. Humans and Viruses II

Introduction to human virology integrating epidemiology, molecular biology, clinical sciences, social sciences, history, and the arts. Emphasis on host pathogen interactions and policy issues. Topics: measles and viral epidemiology, rotavirus and world health, rabies and infections of the brain, HPV and cancer -causing viruses, herpes simplex and viral latency, CMV and viral teratogenesis, retrovirology and endogenous viral sequences, HIV and viral treatement, viral hepatitis and chronic infections, prions and diseases of life style. Prerequisite: 155H.

6 units, not given this year

MI 185. Topics in Microbiology

For advanced undergraduates. Topics include diversity, molecular regulation, growth, bioenergetics, and unique matabolic processes. Presentation of student papers on current topic selected with student input; last year's topic was cancer chemotherapy. Prerequisites: CHEM 31X, Biology core.

3 units, Win (Matin, A)

MI 198. Directed Reading in Microbiology and Immunology

Fields of study are decided in consultation with sponsoring professor. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1-15 units, Aut (Staff), Win (Staff), Spr (Staff), Sum (Staff)

MI 199. Undergraduate Research

Investigations sponsored by individual faculty members. Possible fields: microbial molecular biology and physiology, microbial pathogenicity, immunology, virology, and molecular parasitology. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1-18 units, Aut (Staff), Win (Staff), Spr (Staff), Sum (Staff)

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