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MD/PhD & DDS/PhD Curriculum


Principles of Virology GPLS 704 (3 credits)

Course Director – Ricardo Feldman   

This course serves as an introduction to the general field of virology with a concentration on pathogenesis, molecular biology and immunology of select, medically important viruses. Lecture material is drawn from both the classical and current literature. Students actively participate in and lead discussions based on assigned readings and problem sets.

An additional elective course is optional for this semester



Principles of Microbial Pathogenesis GPLS 710 (3 credits)

Course Directors – Mark Shirtliff, Bob Ernst and John Sacci   

This course is intended to provide a groundwork in basic principles of, and research approaches to, microbial (bacterial, fungal and parasite) pathogenesis, including adherence, toxins, secretion mechanisms, immune evasion, genetics and evolution, gene discovery, genomics and proteomics, and host-pathogen interactions. This course is based on a combination of lectures and discussion of the current research literature, and requires student presentations, 2 exams, and participation in class discussions of assigned research papers. 

Basic Immunology GPLS 702 (3 credits)

Course Director – Martin Flajnik  

This course introduces basic concepts of immunity and the immune system, including evolutionary and comparative studies, specific and nonspecific immunity, the biology of T and B lymphocytes, the genetics of the antigen-receptor and MHC loci, immunochemistry, and the role and action of cytokines. The course is lecture-oriented, but student presentations and research paper discussions are also required.


Other courses are possible alternatives, depending on the student's intended area of thesis research.



MD/ PhD & DDS/ PhD Handbook, Program in Molecular Microbiology & Immunology 



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