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MICR 464: Medical Microbiology and Immunology

First Semester - 20 points

Course overview

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  • The immune response is important in protecting the host from infection and cancer. This paper will analyse the interaction between the host immune system, microorganisms and neoplasia. In particular it will examine the challenge faced by the host, the host’s response to infection and cancer, and how we can harness the power of the immune response for treatment and prevention of infectious diseases and cancer.

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Module 1: The Role of Immunology in Severe Malaria Pathogenesis 

Dr Bruce Russell


Module 2: Antiviral host factors and research tools to identify them

Associate Professor Matloob Husain


Module 3: Innate Immunological Memory  

Associate Professor Jo Kirman


Module 4: SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccines: mode of action and efficacy

Associate Professor Alex McLellan


Lecture course overview

This is a tutorial-based course with focus on self-directed learning and will have four 3-week modules. Each module will cover a critical and relevant topic in the field and will have an internal assessment worth 25% of the total grade.

Tutorials are held on Wednesdays at 9:00 AM and start in first week of March.

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 Matloob Husain.