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This course provides an overview of basic principles in infectious disease caused by major microbial pathogens. Through lectures and discussion of assigned reading material, the course examines current and classical topics in the field of host-pathogen relationships with an emphasis on the interplay between pathogen strategies and the host response. Students will be expected to give oral presentations on review of primary literature in infectious disease and participate in regular class discussions of research papers.
The primary aim of this course is to familiarize students with the underlying mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis, and the host response to infectious disease. By examining detailed mechanisms of infection and pathogenesis of many bacterial, viral and parasitic pathogens, the student will gain an understanding and appreciation for the diversity of strategies that pathogens use to cause disease. The student will also become familiar with major discoveries and technologies in the field of medical microbiology, and learn about current issues via recently published articles in major scientific journals. Topics of interest will also include Biotechnology, Bioterrorism, and Public Health Issues.