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MICR 334: Advanced Immunology

First Semester - 18 points

Course prescription

Host-pathogen interactions and disease diagnosis, allergy, autoimmunity, tumour and transplant immunology, immunodeficiency and immunoendocrinology. Molecular tools for immunology, fluorescent cell sorting, lymphocyte activation and cytokine assays.

Course overview

t cells attacking cancer cellsStudying the immune system will enable you to understand how our bodies respond to infections, allergens, transplantation and cancer. Central to this is our understanding of how immune systems function and the application of this knowledge in these fields. A course in immunology opens up career possibilities in such fields as diverse as influenza vaccine development, cancer immunology and autoimmunity. 

This course in the applied and clinical aspects of immunology will build on your fundamental knowledge of immunology. This paper is ideal if you want to explore and develop your understanding of the immune system, and investigate the application of immunology knowledge at the interface between disease and the host response to disease.

Lecture course overview

  • Comparative Immunity and Innate Immune Responses
  • Antigen Recognition and Presentation
  • Lab Preparation
  • T Cell Immunology
  • Immune Regulation
  • B Cell Immunology
  • Vaccines

Lab course overview

In these labs, you will work in groups to design and carry out experiments to test T cell plasticity.  Several protocols will be provided to help you. 

Assessment

  1. Laboratory skills quiz (10%) - March 31 - held in lecture time
  2. Laboratory assessment  - poster  (20%) - May 8
  3. Final written exam (70%)

Course prerequisites

MICR 223

Recommended preparation:

MICR 221

Timetable

Lectures

Tuesdays and Fridays 1-1.50pm

Labs

Weeks 13-17 (starting April 5), Tuesdays 2-6pm, all day Wednesdays

Students will also be required to perform lab work on other days.

Textbooks

Recommended texts:

Either:

Kuby Immunology by Thomas J. Kindt, Barbara A. Osborne, Richard A. Goldsby (6th or 7th Edition)

Or:

Immunobiology: the immune system in health and disease by Janeway C. and Travers P, Blackwell Scientific Publications (8th or 9th Edition) 

Teaching staff

For more information

View the details of this paper on the University of Otago website

Students are encouraged to contact staff by email to make arrangements for a time to discuss course-related matters.

For more information on this course, please contact Associate Professor Roslyn Kemp.