Course Description

410.636 - Biology Of HIV & AIDS

This course includes an overview of the biology and life cycle of the immunodeficiency virus, including the simian viruses (SIVs). Specific areas of HIV immunopathogenesis are emphasized, to include HIV diagnosis, HIV-induced immune dysfunction, and therapeutic breakthroughs in the treatment of HIV-1 disease. Students become familiarized with current methods in biotechnology that have advanced our understanding of the biology of retroviruses. Special topics include international genetic variation (subtypes and clades), HIV vaccine development, and global economic impact. Prerequisites: 410.601 Biochemistry, 410.603 Advanced Cell Biology I OR 410.303 Foundations in Bioscience.