Courses Offered

 

Immunology Courses Offered


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Immunology 201. Principles of Immunology

Uli von Andrian and Shannon Turley, and faculty
Half course (fall term). Tu., Th., 1:30-3, with section Tu., Th., 3-4.

As a comprehensive core course in immunology, the topics include a broad but intensive examination of the cells and molecules on the immune system. Special attention is given to the experimental approaches that led to the general principles of immunology.

Note: Background in genetics and biochemistry is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: this course is intended for students who have had prior exposure to immunology at the undergraduate level. In the absence of such exposure, students MUST obtain the permission of the Course Director.

 

Immunology 202. Advanced Principles of Immunology

D. Branch Moody and Martin Hemler

Half course (spring term). Tu., Th., 1:30-4:00pm.

Continuation of Immunology 201 as an intensive core course in fundamentals of the immune system. Emphasis on systems of immunity. Critical reading of primary literature.

 Note: Background in genetics and biochemistry is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: this course is intended for students who have had prior exposure to immunology at the undergraduate level. In the absence of such exposure, students MUST obtain the permission of the Course Director.

 

Immunology 204. Critical Reading for Immunology

Florian Winau

Half course (spring term). Th., 10am-1pm.

Original research articles from fields including immunology, biochemistry, genetics, and cell and developmental biology will be critically analyzed in an intensive small group format. Grading will be based on class participation and oral presentations.

Required for first-year immunology students; open to second-year students. No auditors allowed.

 

Immunology 301. Immunology Seminar Discussion Course

Michael Carroll and Nicholas Haining

Half course (fall and spring terms). Wed., 3:30-5pm.

The course is designed to give students exposure to the most current research topics in immunology. Students prepare for the weekly seminar through readings and discussion with the invited Seminar Speakers. These discussions are facilitated by members of the Committee on Immunology.

Note: Required for, and limited to, first-year Immunology graduate students.

 

Immunology 302qc. Clinical Sessions in Immunology

Rachael Clark

Quarter Course (spring term). Tues., 12-1pm.

Lectures by physician scientists and clinical exposure to patients with immunologically mediated diseases. The goal is to foster translational research into human immunologic disease. Formulate grant proposals that address critical questions for understanding or treatment of human immunologic disease.
Note: Limited to Immunology students. 
Hours for clinical visits to be arranged.

 

Immunology 303qc. The Warring Genomes: Innate Immunity and Host Defense

Jonathan C. Kagan

Quarter course (spring term). Mondays, 4-6 pm.
This course will focus on basic cellular and molecular aspects of innate immunity, with an emphasis on recent advances in the field.  Each class will cover a specific topic, and supporting literature will be provided by the instructor. 

Prerequisite:  Students are expected to have already taken IMM 201. 

 

Immunology 305qc. Neuro-immunology in development, regeneration and disease

Beth Stevens and Clifford Woolf

Quarter course (spring term). Th., 4–6:30pm.

It is increasingly clear that the nervous system and immune system share parallel molecular pathways, and communication between neurons and immune cells play significant roles in homeostasis and disease. This course will investigate current topics in neuro-immunology: CNS development, chronic pain, neuro-degeneration, aging, axon regeneration, auto-immunity and infection.  We will focus our discussions on molecular mechanisms shared by the immune and nervous systems and the molecular cross-talk between these two systems.

Each class will cover a specific topic in neuro-immunology.  Students should be prepared to lead discussions on pre-selected papers for each session.

 

Immunology 306qc. Systems Immunology

Nir Hacohen, Nick Haining, Christophe Benoist and visiting speakers

Quarter course (spring term). Fr., 9-11

Our focus in this course is on the emerging field of systems immunology.  Each session will review a class of experimental approaches, followed by a critical discussion of illustrative papers. Hands-on workshops will introduce students to computational tools for analyzing large-scale datasets, focusing on gene expression.

 

Immunology 307qc. Cancer Immunology

Kai Wucherpfennig, Glenn Dranoff, Stephanie Dougan, and Michael Goldberg

Quarter course (fall term). M., 4–6.
There have been many exciting recent developments in the cancer immunology field, and multiple therapeutic approaches have shown efficacy against diverse types of cancer. This course will emphasize new mechanistic insights, in particular on the following topics: Mechanisms of spontaneous protective anti-tumor immunity; Key effector cell populations of anti-tumor immunity; Inflammation and tumor microenvironment; Immunosuppressive mechanisms in tumor immunity; Targeting of inhibitory receptors; Cancer vaccines; New approaches for delivery of immunotherapies into tumors.

 

Immunology 328r. Introduction to Research

Michael Carroll and faculty members

Three required laboratory rotations in immunology each lasting 10-12 weeks per laboratory. To be arranged by students with investigators affiliated with the immunology program.

Address and Contact Information

  

Harvard Graduate Program in Immunology

Harvard Medical School

Jeffrey Modell Immunology Center, Room 100D

Boston, MA 02115

sperkins@hms.harvard.edu

(617) 432-4057

 

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