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260.664.01 Molecular Entomology

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
4th term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M F,  2:00 - 3:20pm
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
  • George Dimopoulos
  • Douglas Norris

Students with a background in molecular biology or biochemistry.


Provides a broad perspective on the molecular biology of insects and a specific focus on aspects relating to the transmission of insect-borne diseases. Also provides an introduction to insect physiology, developmental biology, genomics and molecular evolution and ecology. Includes several modules addressing molecular mechanisms implicated in insect – host and insect - pathogen interaction, which are essential for disease transmission. Provides background information on essential methodologies used in molecular entomological research and discusses the importance of molecular entomology for the development of disease control strategies. The basic developmental, genetic and genomic focused modules utilize the wealth of knowledge gained from studies in the model insect organism Drosophila, while modules focusing on insects’ role in disease transmission focus on the mosquito vector of malaria Anopheles.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss a variety of molecular entomology research topics
  2. Evaluate disease control strategies based on molecular entomology approaches
  3. Design basic approches for controling vector borne diseases
Methods of Assessment:

Two evaluations will be applied in this course: one short paper and one discussion on specific topics.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Consent required for undergraduates.