Course Description

410.620 - Advanced Topics in Immunology

This course is literature based and requires a foundation in immunology. Students will be presented with current topics in immunology through literature reviews and basic science papers from the premier journals. Topic areas may include but are not limited to Toll-like receptors, NK cells and their receptors, microRNAs in immunology, cytokine signaling, epigenetics, T regulatory cells, tumor immunology and cancer immunotherapies, T cell subsets (memory T cells, Th1, Th2, Th9, Th17, Th22, TFH), dendritic cells, negative and positive costimulation, viral immunity (including AIDS), mouse models in immunology, Fc receptors, B cell subtypes and antibodies, and allergy and asthma. Students will be required to present a paper of choice during class in one of these major topics areas. Students will be also introduced to methods predominately used in science papers, such as flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, gene arrays, ELISAs, western blots, immunohistochemistry, in vivo mouse models, and microRNA arrays. Prerequisites: 410.601 Biochemistry, 410.602 Molecular Biology, 410.603 Advanced Cellular Biology I, and 410.613 Principles of Immunology or an undergraduate immunology course.