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Courses in MED Microbiology and Immunology
Microbiologists study the molecular mechanisms by which bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites colonize a host, evade the immune response, and elicit damage to the host. Immunologists study the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms by which the immune response defends the host using innate and adaptive immunity.

Research in the Department focuses on microbial pathogenesis. We strive to understand the mechanisms by which viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites elicit pathogenesis in the infected host. Conversely, we also investigate the pathways by which the host immune response endeavors to overcome these infections.

Microbiology (MICRBIOL)
All courses in Microbiology (MICRBIOL)) are listed in the Online Schedule of Classes under the Medical School. Courses not listed in the LSA Course Catalogue and not cross-listed through an LSA department count as non-LSA course work (see “Non-LSA Course Work” on the LSA website).

The following count as LSA courses for LSA degree credit.

MICRBIOL 399. Independent Research for Undergraduates
Consent of instructor required. PER. INSTR. (1 - 8; 1 - 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Students will conduct microbiological research in the laboratory of a faculty member. Hands on lab experience will be conducted under the direction of the principal investigator.

MICRBIOL 405. Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
(3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This course focus and scope is mainly geared to students interested in continuing onto post-graduate education in the areas of public health, medicine, biomedical research or other health-related areas. This lecture-based course covers topics on the biology of microbial cells, medical immunology, pathogenic virology and pathogenic bacteriology and develops concepts on the types of interaction between host and pathogen that contribute to infectious diseases.

MICRBIOL 415. Virology
BIOLOGY 172. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

MICRBIOL 440 / IMMUNO 440. Human Immunology
BIOLOGY 172. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Only one of MICRBIOL 440 or IMMUNO 440 or MCDB 436 will count toward a Microbiology major. Rackham credit requires additional work.

MICRBIOL 460 / INTMED 460. Eukaryotic Microbiology
BIOLOGY 172. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. F. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This upper level undergraduate course will cover the biology of eukaryotic microbes and the environments in which they live. Eukaryotic microbes include single-celled protozoa, multi-cellular helminths (worms), and fungi. This course will cover the complex life cycles (intermediate hosts, insect vectors) required for survival of many protozoa and helminths. Eukaryotic microbes are also a significant cause of human disease throughout the world (e.g. Malaria, Leishmaniasis, Trypanosomiasis, Giardiasis, Histoplasmosis, Blastomycosis). We will examine the evolutionary relationship between eukaryotic pathogens and their mammalian hosts, including the complex relationship between host immunity and pathogen immunoevasion. We will also discuss the renewed interest in Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). NTDs are a group of diseases causing substantial illness in more than one billion people globally. The most common NTDs include Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis), Onchoceriasis (River Blindness), Sohistosomiasis, Soil-Transmitted Helminths, and Dracunculiasis (Guinea Work Disease).

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