BIOL 59500JJ Genetics Omics Host Microbe
Session Offered:Spring Credit 3.0
BIOL 43800. BIOL 53700 Recommended.
This is a 500 level course for graduate students and senior undergraduates (outstanding junior
undergraduates can take it upon approval by the instructor). The course will cover the genetic
basis of virulence factors from pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, with an
emphasis on bacterial pathogens. Genetic and –omics methods including genomics and proteomics in the analysis of host-microbe interactions will be discussed. We will also cover the
role of microbiota in the development of infection and/or immune diseases. On the host side, the
genetic basis of host defense against infection will be covered. Several commonly used model host
systems, including mice, Caenorhabditis elegans, Drosophila, zebra fish, and some protozoan hosts will be introduced and discussed.
This course will allow the students to understand the genetic basis of infections and infectious diseases. They will also learn the genetic methods for study host microbe interactions from the
prospective of both the pathogen and host.
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