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Fundamental Virology


East Baltimore
1st term
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W F,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Diane Griffin

Discusses cellular, molecular, genetic, and immunological principles that govern viral infection. Presents a survey of main virus groups with detailed discussion of several representative human pathogens. Topics include replication strategies, pathogenesis, carcinogenesis, vaccination, and the use of viruses as tools in molecular and cell biology. Emphasizes interactions of viral and host cell processes.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss basic mechanisms of animal virus replication
  2. Discuss basic cellular and host responses to viral infection
  3. Become familiar with the major virus families that cause human disease
  4. Discuss the mechanisms by which viruses in these families cause disease
  5. Discuss how viruses in these families are transmitted and maintained in populations
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 15% Quizzes
  • 35% Midterm
  • 50% Final Exam

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Required for MMI students. All students taking this course should have a good cell biology background. Course is held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:30-5pm over Zoom. Each lecture will be recorded and uploaded to Panopto for later access. While attendance is not required, it is strongly recommended so that students can interact with and ask questions to the lecturer. Review sessions will be held by the TAs before each exam.