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260.650.01 Vector Biology and Vector-Borne Diseases

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  8:30 - 9:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Douglas Norris
Course Instructor:

Presents principles of transmission of human and animal pathogens by insects, mites and ticks. Discusses basic arthropod biology with special attention to biological properties of vectors and their interactions with pathogens. Discusses basic components of arbopathogen disease cycles and principles of pathogen transmission dynamics. Discusses major groups of arthropod-borne pathogens and vectors. Special topics will include emergent pathogens, vector genetics, traditional and modern disease control strategies and venomous arthropods.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe individual components of vector-borne disease transmission using specific examples
  2. Describe current emergent arthropod-borne infectious diseases
  3. Describe and evaluate vector-borne pathogen control measures
  4. Describe conditions leading to evolution of resistance in arthropods and the pathogens they vector, and methods to manage the development of resistance
  5. Understand the ecological components of arthropod-borne disease transmission
Methods of Assessment:

Based on mid-term, final exam, and short paper.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required