Course Syllabus

The listing below shows the order in which the topics will be presented and on which day.

Topic Lectures
1) Immune system: overview
          Innate and acquired immunity, Parham pp. 1-27
1/20

2) Molecular structure/function: overview (various sources). Immunological and protein methods

1/22 1/27    
3) Molecules in the innate immune response (pgs 29-78). Receptors and effector molecules 1/29 2/3
4) Antigen-specific molecules: Antibodies (pgs 81-109) 2/5 2/10
5) Antigen-specific molecules: MHC proteins (pgs 120-145) 2/12 2/17
Optional Review Session (9:30am-11am) 2/19
Exam I (33.3%): Thursday, February 19, 7pm to 9pm
6) Antigen-specific molecules: T cell receptors (pgs 113-120; 347-354) 2/24 2/26
7) Immune cell development and function (pgs 149-173; 177-196) 3/3 3/5
8) Cell signaling and function (some section of pgs 199-228; various sources) 3/10  
9) Extra-cellular mediators (chemokines, cytokines) (some sections of Chapters 8 and 9; various sources) 3/12 3/17
10) Autoimmune diseases (pgs 473-505) Multiple Sclerosis, Type I diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis 3/19 4/2
Spring Break, March 21-29 Note: No class on March 31  
Optional Review Session (9:30am-11am) 4/7
Exam II 33.3% Tuesday, April 7, 7pm to 9pm
11) Allergy/Asthma/Hypersensitivity Reactions (pgs 401-428) 4/9  
12) Infectious Diseases: vaccines, HIV, influenza (pgs. 295-325; various sources) 4/14 4/16  
13) Cancer: Antigens, surveillance, escape (pgs 509-529; various sources) 4/21 4/23
14) Immunotherapeutics: Monoclonal antibodies, T cell therapeutics, Biotech, Intellectual property, etc (various sources) 4/28 4/30 5/5  
   
Final Exam (33.3%): Monday, May 11, 7:00-10:00 pm