Cell Biology of Human Pathogens and Disease
The goal of this course is to expose graduate students to important concepts in cell biology as they relate to infectious disease and host-pathogen interactions. The emphasis will be on understanding the primary literature and learning how experiments in cell biology are designed, performed, and interpreted. (Also see Dr. Kevin Hybiske for additional instructor profile.)
- Understand principles of cell biology including the function of cellular organelles, RNA and protein trafficking, secretion, extracellular matrix, cell division, apoptosis, and signal transduction.
- Understand how basic principles of cell biology apply to host pathogen interactions, using pathogen examples from the virology, bacteriology, and parasitology literature.
- Understand how experiments in cell biology are designed, carried out, and interpreted.
- Learn about new advances in the cell biology of pathogens and disease.
- Do a short presentation on a paper from the primary literature that illustrates principles of cell biology of pathogens or disease.
Grades are based on participation in class discussions (25%), one oral presentation (25%), a 1 week take-home midterm exam (25%), and a final exam (25%).