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Course Description

Core Courses

GMIC 600A, B Microbiology and Immunology (8 total units)
This course consists of two parts: [1] 55 lectures of relevance from Medical Microbiology and Immunology (MMIC 600 A-B) taken along with medical students on immunology, basic bacteriology and pathogenic bacteria. [2] Students’ review, presentation and discussion of latest articles related to subjects of the lectures. Evaluation will be based on essay type exams, topic papers, oral presentation and discussion of articles. Drs. Fennewald, Reynolds.

Fall Quarter, Immunology, (4 units).

Winter Quarter, Microbiology, (4 units).

GMIC 605 Molecular Biology Techniques (2 Units)
This course will give students a working knowledge of various molecular experimental approaches and to understand the advantages and limitations to each. Fall Quarter, two units. Dr. Everly and Faculty.

Combined Degree
Students are required to take the four "Specialty" IGPBS Courses: Ethics, Biostatistics, Art of Science Presentation and Computers.

Journal Club and Seminar

GMIC 532 Microbiology and Immunology Journal Club (1 unit)
Faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and students discuss current research effort. Participants present their “work in progress” in an informal presentation, which includes an introduction to the field of interest. This series covers topics of research currently being pursued in the department, and is geared towards learning of each other’s work and assisting one another in defining science and presentation skills. Required for all Microbiology and Immunology students. Journal Club continues throughout the entire year. Dr. Reynolds and Faculty.

GMIC 533 Seminar in Microbiology and Immunology (1 unit)
Presentations on current research in the field of Microbiology and Immunology by invited speakers, faculty and students. Required of all Microbiology and Immunology students. Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters. Dr. Re and Faculty.

Two Advanced Courses are Required

Select from the following list as recommended by advisor and/or graduate oversight committee:

GMIC 503 Virology (4 units)
This course covers fundamental animal virology including virus structure, classification, replication and genetics. Viruses of current interest that produce human disease (for example, HIV) will be discussed. Other topics may include molecular mechanisms of viral latency, role of viruses in oncogenesis, emerging viral infections of man and viruses and gene transfer vectors in human gene therapy. The course is lecture-based and discussion of original research articles. Spring Quarter. Dr. Sharma-Walia and Faculty

GMIC 560 Advanced Immunology (3 units)
The Advanced Immunology Course consists in discussion of research articles. It will focus on issues related to host-pathogen interaction and response to infection. Particular emphasis will be given to innate immunity and inflammation. Aberrant immune responses that cause pathologies not related to infections (i.e. autoimmunity, allergy, etc) will also be examined. Rather than analyzing each component of the immune response in isolation, the course’s goal is to emphasize how several responses are simultaneously activated in the course of an infection and how they affect each other and the whole organism. Spring Quarter. Prerequisites: GMIC 600A or Introductory Immunology and Biochemistry. Drs. Re, Reynolds.

GMIC 606 Cancer Biology and Signaling (2 Units)
This course covers the basic biology of cancer at the cellular and molecular levels with special emphasis on aberrant signal transduction pathways in cancer cells. The course involves lectures and discussion of original research/review articles. Winter Quarter, two hours per week. Winter. Dr. Sharma-Walia and Faculty.

Optional Advanced Courses

GMIC 510 Introductory Immunology (3 units)
This course is appropriate for non-microbiology and immunology majors who have had no formal training in immunology or who wish to review the fundamentals in preparation for the Advanced Immunology course. An overview of specific and nonspecific immunity, structure and function of immunoglobulins, molecular basis of antibody diversity, T cell and B cell differentiation, cell-cell interactions in the immune response, humoral and cell-mediated immunity, lymphokines and mediators, immunogenetics and major histo-compatibility complexes, complement, inflammation, hypersensitivity, autoimmune and immunodeficiency diseases, tumor immunology and transplantation immunology are among the topics discussed. Fall Quarter. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Drs. Beaman, Gilman-Sachs and Faculty.

GMIC 520 Molecular Parasitology (3 units)
This course involves theoretical and practical aspects of applying new biological technology to study parasites and parasitic mechanisms of major tropical diseases. Emphasis is on molecular biology (especially DNA and RNA interactions). The depth of coverage depends on the prior training of the participants. Students are expected to actively participate in discussing recent literature as well as in project-oriented research. Research topics may be catered to the background or training and interests of the students. Winter Quarter. Prerequisites: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and/or Molecular Biology. Dr. Chang.

GMIC 542 Selected Topics of Microbiology, Virology, Parasitology, Immunology and Molecular Biology (1-2 units/qtr)
Topics for discussion in any of the above areas are announced three months in advance. Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Quarters, arranged by individual instructors. Prerequisites: GMIC 600A, B Medical Microbiology, GMIC 503 Virology, GMIC 510 Introductory Immunology, GMIC 520 Molecular Parasitology. All Faculty.

GMIC 549 Flow Cytometric Techniques (1 unit)
Students learn flow cytometric technology including immunophenotyping, cell sorting, DNA kinetics and cellular ploidy analysis. Winter Quarter, alternate years. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Dr. Gilman-Sachs.

Research Courses

GMIC 530 Master’s Thesis in Microbiology and Immunology (10-12 QH).
This course is for students who have chosen a laboratory and are doing research fora  Master's thesis. Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Quarters. Hours and units of credit to be arranged. All Faculty. Lab Research.

GMIC 699 Post-Candidacy Doctoral Research Activities (10-12 QH).
This course is for the PhD student who has successfully passed the Candidacy Exam. May be repeated for credit. Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Quarters. Hours and units of credit to be arranged. All Faculty. Research.

GMIC 599 Pre-Candidacy Research Activities (10-12 QH).
This course is for the second-year PhD student or third year MD/PhD, PharmD/PhD or DPM/PhD student who has chosen a laboratory but not yet passed the Candidacy Exam. Laboratory experience is geared toward learning techniques and obtaining preliminary data toward the student's dissertation proposal and Candidacy Exam. May be repeated for credit. Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Quarters, hours and units of credit to be arranged. All Faculty. Lab Research.