20322 Immunology 1

Credits: 6 advanced credits in Life Sciences

Prerequisites: Students must fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library.

Required: Cell Structure and Function (single-semester format or year-long format), Genetics 2

The course is based on a translation of Kuby Immunology (6th ed.), by T. J. Kindt, R. A. Goldsby and B. A. Osborn (W.H. Freeman, 2007).

Immunology is the study of the mechanisms underlying the activity and regulation of the immune system, the medical implications of defects in the function of the immune system, and ways to affect its activity and regulation.

Immunology is a dynamic, rapidly developing field. Immunological research creates new knowledge that not only expands existing knowledge but often also replaces existing assumptions, conventions and hypotheses. The impressive advances in medical immunology are evident in treatment of diseases caused by dysfunction of the immune system such as in immunodeficiencies, autoimmune diseases and hypersensitivity reactions and in the use of immunological tools in diagnosing and treating various diseases.

The course introduces students to the structure of the immune system, to basic processes of innate and adaptive immune responses, and to the pathological implications of dysfunction of the immune system.

Topics: Part I: Introduction; Part II: Generation of B-cell and T-cell responses; Part III: Immune effector mechanisms; Part IV: The immune system in health and disease.

1Students who took the previous version of this course may not take this new version.

2or the previous version of the course, From Mendelism to Genetic Engineering.