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Innovative immunological approaches aimed at modifying immune response will continue to play a significant role in the future of biomedical, medicine, biotechnology, and the pharmaceutical industries. This course will examine central concepts in mammalian immunology and discuss how these relate to clinical diseases and therapies.

Learning Objectives:

This course will help students establish an understanding of the following topics:

  • Evolutionary development of the immune system and host-pathogen interactions
  • Development, function, and regulation of innate and adaptive immune cells
  • Migration of immune cells through the body and the anatomy of lymphoid organs
  • Cell-cell communication and the coordination of responses by multiple immune cell types
  • Underlying causes and consequences of dysregulated immune responses  
  • Therapeutic strategies to treat immunological diseases
  • Basic experimental and diagnostic techniques used in laboratories
  • Identification and comprehension of primary and secondary sources of scientific information
 
Prerequisites
 

Introductory coursework in cellular biology and genetics are required for this class, as basic concepts in cell biology, cell signaling, and principles of genetics will not be covered in lectures.
 

Format
 

This course is offered in an online asynchronous format. There are no set meeting times, however, students follow a weekly schedule and there will be deadlines to meet in terms of course requirements. This course cannot be completed at an accelerated rate.
 

Course Number: BIOL-40371
Credit: 4.50 unit(s)

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