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Current Literature in Microbial Immunity

East Baltimore
2nd term
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
1 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Jay Bream

None. Course in immunology or infectious diseases highly recommended.


Current Literature in Microbial Immunity is designed primarily for Master’s level students to provide an overview of the current state of research relating to topics in microbial immunity.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Improve skills in critical evaluation of basic research (both scientifically and conceptually) relating to microbial immunity based on the primary literature
  2. Expand skills in assessing hypothesis testing and scientific rigor in experimental approaches as they relate to established immunological paradigms
  3. Become more adept in identifying weaknesses in the literature and exploring strategies to move fields forward
  4. Determine the rationale and discuss the importance and relevance of basic research in microbial immunity to public health
  5. Improve organizational, presentation and communication skills in summarizing, presenting and openly discussing complex scientific data/concepts with peers
  6. Improve collaborative skills by working in small groups
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Participation
  • 65% Presentation(s)
  • 5% Attendance

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This is distinct from a journal club in that students are graded on the depth and quality of their presentation and understanding of topics discussed.