Courses

Click here for Microbiology and Immunology course listings in the 2019-2020 Bulletin. 

MI 494G - IMMUNOBIOLOGY (3) - A survey of theories and mechanisms of immunity, including: nature of antigens and antibodies, antigen-antibody reactions, immunocompetent cells, immunogenetics, allergic reactions, tumor immunology and transplantation immunology. Prereq: BCH 401G (may be taken concurrently) and BIO 208 or BIO 308 or consent of instructor. (Same as BIO 494G.)

MI 495G - BACTERIAL PATHOGENESIS (3) - This course will examine the pathogenic mechanisms used by bacteria to cause human disease. Bacterial virulence factors and host susceptibility factors will be discussed, with an emphasis on understanding the techniques that can be used to identify these traits in newly emerging pathogens. Prereq: BIO 308, BIO 315, BCH 401 recommended. Or permission of instructor. (Same as BIO 495G.)

MI 496G TUMOR IMMUNOLOGY AND IMMUNOTHERAPY (3)  - Immunotherapy, the application of immunologic principles to the clinic, often called “Bench to Bedside”, has led to significant objective clinical responses and prolonged time to tumor progression or recurrence in a subset of cancer patients. The current class will discuss basic immunologic principles and show how they apply to the tumor setting. In addition, the class will demonstrate how immunologic mechanisms can be exploited in the treatment of cancer. The semester will be divided into three stages including: 1. A concise review of basic immunology concepts preparing the student for applying those concepts to the tumor setting, 2. a detailed examination of the tumor microenvironment, tumor derived immunosuppression and the effector function of both soluble and cellular mechanisms against tumors of varying stages and 3. a broad overview of immunotherapy including regulatory issues pertaining to reagent development and delivery as well as an in depth review of all of the different approaches utilized to treat cancer since 1980. The course will be lecture based utilizing current and historic literature as well as the Course Directors extensive experience in the field. Prereq: MI 494G or MI 685.

MI 582 VIROLOGY (3) - Physical, chemical and biological properties of viruses. Modes of replication and control of gene product formation displayed by representative plant, animal, and bacterial viruses. Prereq: BIO 304 and biochemistry or equivalent strongly recommended, or consent of instructor. (Same as BIO 582.)

MI 598 - CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY (3) - An introduction to the concepts of clinical microbiology through a survey of the microbial diseases of man using an organ system approach. Prereq: BIO 208 and 209, BIO 476G recommended, CHE 230 or 236, or consent of instructor. (Same as PAT 598.)

IBS 601 - BIOMOLECULES AND METABOLISM (3) - An introductory graduate-level biochemistry course designed to provide a basic knowledge of molecular and biochemical principles necessary for advanced graduate study. Protein structure and function, enzyme catalysis, the generation and storage of metabolic energy, amino acid, nucleotide, and lipid metabolism and biological membranes and transport will be covered. Prerequisites: CHE 105 and 107, CHE 230 and 232, BIO 150 and 152, or equivalents. (Same as BCH 607.)

MI 601 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR GENETICS (1) - Each semester five distinguished scientists visit the UK campus to deliver a series of three formal lectures each and participate in numerous informal contacts with graduate students. The emphasis is on the presentation of the most current advances (often unpublished) in selected topics in molecular and cellular genetics. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. (Same as BCH/BIO/PLS/PPA 601.)

IBS 602 - MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS (3) - An introductory graduate-level course on mechanisms associated with DNA structure, replication, recombination and repair, chromatin, transcriptional control, mRNA processing, and protein synthesis. Aspects of contemporary genetics, genomics and bioinformatics will also be included. Techniques in genetic engineering and recombinant DNA that are critical to molecular biology research will be covered. Prerequisites: CHE 105 and 107, CHE 230 and 232, BIO 150 and 152, or equivalents.

IBS 603 - CELL BIOLOGY AND CELL SIGNALING (3) - An introductory graduate level course that is focused on a number of topics related to cell biology including cell types and cell architecture/organization, membrane structure, cytoskeleton, nucleus and mitochondria.  Aspects of development, cell division, cell cycle and apoptosis will also be discussed with an emphasis on signaling pathways controlling these processes.  Prerequisites: CHE 105 and 107, CHE 230 and 232, BIO 150 and 152, or equivalents.

IBS 606 - PHYSIOLOGICAL COMMUNICATIONS (3) - An introductory graduate level course that considers the function of the mammalian organism from a perspective ranging from cells to organs, with an emphasis on physiological communication between organ systems.  The course is organized into 3 sections that include: (a) overview of basic physiological mechanisms maintaining homeostasis and mechanisms of endocrine communication via the bloodstream, (b) mechanisms of cell to cell communication by the immune system, and (c) mechanisms of neural communication.  Prerequisites:  IBS601 and IBS02.

IBS 607 - SEMINAR IN INTEGRATED BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES (0) - Weekly seminar devoted to the presentation and discussion of classic and new research. May be repeated. Two semesters required as part of IBS Curriculum. Prerequisites: Admission to IBS Curriculum (non-IBS Students may not register for this course).

IBS 609 - RESEARCH IN INTEGRATED BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES (1) - Individualized laboratory and research experience under the supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated to a maximum of 2 credit hours. Two semesters required as part of IBS Curriculum. Prerequisites: Admission to IBS Curriculum and consent of instructor (non-IBS Students may not register for this course).

MI 615 - MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (3) - This course will develop the student’s ability to critically read and evaluate the primary literature in selected areas of molecular biology; various experimental systems and techniques are discussed. While there is some lecture, the time will be predominately spent in class discussions of the primary literature. Prereq: An advanced course in molecular biology and genetics (e.g. IBS 602) or consent of instructor. (Same as BCH/BIO 615.)

MI 616 - BIOLOGY AND THERAPY OF CANCER (3) - Biology of cancer will be discussed at the molecular, cellular and organismic level. Emphasis will be placed on cellular signaling, genomic instability, apoptosis and cell cycle pathways unique to cancer cells that affect tumor cell behavior and its interactions with the host immune system. The biology of hematopoitic cells will also be included. Clinicians active in treatment and research of various types of cancer will be invited to participate in the lectures. Prereq: IBS 601, IBS 602, and/or IBS 603 (or comparable course in biochemistry, molecular biology or cell biology) or otherwise by consent of course director. (Same as MED/PHA/TOX 616.)

MI 685 - IMMUNOBIOLOGY, INFECTION AND INFLAMMATION (3) - An introductory level graduate course surveying current trends in immunology including the organization of the immune system, cells important for immunity and inflammation; types of immune responses, cellular immunology, molecular immunology, self-nonself discrimination, vaccines and immune mediated diseases. Prereq: BCH 401G, or BCH 501 or 502, IBS 501 or equivalent or consent of the course director. (Same as BIO 685.)

MI 707 - CONTEMPORARY TOPICS IN IMMUNOLOGY (3) - This course will deal with controversial and evolving areas of immunology. Lectures in a given topic will be accompanied by student discussion of contemporary literature. Prereq: MI 685 or equivalent or consent of instructor. (Same as BIO 707.)

MI 710 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN MICROBIOLOGY (2) - This class focuses on grant writing. Prereq: Consent of instructor.

MI 720 - MICROBIAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION (3) - Molecular basis of structure and function in unicellular microbes. Molecular genetic and structural approaches to the analysis of bacterialarchitecture growth, division, and differentiation. Prereq: (to reflect appropriate IBS course). (Same as BIO 720 and OBI 720).

MI 725 - MECHANICS OF MICROBIAL PATHOGENESIS (3) - Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis is designed to cover major pathogenic mechanisms of bacteria, protozoa, fungi and viruses. Since it is impossible to include every possible pathogen, we instead focus on selected pathogens that illustrate particular lifestyles and pathogenic strategies. Emphasis is given to covering host mechanisms that combat the different weapons and lifestyles of the disease causing microbes. Students will gain an understanding of the interplay between pathogen and host and appreciate the myriad ways in which microbes have learned to subvert host pathways and evade the immune system. The course starts with an introduction to pathogenic concepts and immune responses, and then proceeds to the selected pathogens, including Listeria, Chlamydia, Mycobacterium, Toxoplasma, Ebola, Influenza, and HIV. The course is a mixture of lecture and discussion. Students will read current literature, assigned by their instructors, and participate in classroom discussions of the papers. Prereq: MI 720 or MI 495G.

MI 748 MASTER’S THESIS RESEARCH (0) - Half-time to full-time work on thesis. May be repeated to a maximum of six semesters. Prereq: All course work toward the degree must be completed.

MI 749 - DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0) - Half-time to full-time work on dissertation. May be repeated to a maximum of six semesters. Prereq: Registration for two full-time semesters of 769 residence credit following the successful completion of the qualifying exams. (Same as MB 749.)

MI 767 - DISSERTATION RESIDENCY CREDIT (2)- Residency credit for dissertation research after the qualifying examination. Students may register for this course in the semester of the qualifying examination. A minimum of two semesters are required as well as continuous enrollment (Fall and Spring) until the dissertation is completed and defended.

MI 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR MASTER’S DEGREE (1-6) - May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. (Same as MB 768.)

MI 769 - RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (1-12) - May be repeated indefinitely. (Same as MB 769.)

MI 772 - SEMINAR IN MICROBIOLOGY (0-1) - Review of current literature in microbiology; presentation of papers on work in progress in the department or on assigned topics; reports on meetings of national and international scientific and professional societies and symposia. Required of all graduate students. Two hours per week. May be repeated nine times for a maximum of 10 credits. (Same as BIO 772.)

MI 798 - RESEARCH IN MICROBIOLOGY (1-9) - May be repeated to a maximum of 24 credits. Prereq: Consent of instructor. (Same as BIO 798.)

Additional courses of interest to graduate students in Microbiology and Immunology include:

BCH 610 Biochemistry of Lipids and Membranes; BCH 611 Biochemistry and Cell Biology of Nucleic Acids; BCH 612 Structure and Function of Proteins and Enzymes; BIO 582 Virology; BIO 632 Advanced Cell Biology I; BIO 633 Advanced Cell Biology II; BIO 714 Microbial Genetics; STA 570 Basic Statistical Analysis; PAT 621 Pathologic Mechanisms; PHA 521 General Pharmacology and Toxicodynamics; PHA 522 Systems Pharmacology