SPRING M & I Advanced Course Offerings


Offered Every Year


MBIM-623G. Microbiology for Dental Students: 4 hr.

Microbiology is a core course in the dental curriculum that is intended to foster a knowledge base and understanding of the fundamentals of bacterial physiology and genetics; clinical bacteriology, virology, parasitology and mycology; antimicrobial therapy; asepsis in dentistry; and infection control. The primary goals of the course are to explore the relationship between the physiology of medically important microbes to the pathobiological sequelae of human-microbial interactions, with particular reference to the role of oral microbes in human disease. Emphasis is placed on the study of oral ecology, dental caries, periodontal disease, hepatitis and AIDS. Laboratory instruction includes problem based, small group exercises in microbiology, with specific sections on oral flora and aseptic techniques.


MBIM 702 Oral ImmunoBiology: 3.5 hr

Oral Immunology-Oral Biology. Basic and clinical aspects of immunology are oriented toward oral biology with emphasis placed on salivary secre-tions, dental plaque, dental caries, the mucosal immune response, gingival crevicular fluid, periodontal disease and the acquired immuno-deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Laboratory demonstrations include a variety of immunological techniques used in research and diagnostic laboratories. Students are required to report on several manuscripts, which they choose from the recent dental literature in the area of oral biology and oral immunology. In addition, students share this information in small group discussions                             


MBIM-701 Spring Selective: Emerging Infectious Diseases: 3 hr.

This elective course will teach basic immunological and microbiological concepts through indepth

study of six microorganisms responsible for emerging or epidemic infectious diseases. Each week will focus on the biology, natural history, pathology and immunology associated with one pathogen. Pathogens covered will include avian influenza, tuberculosis, Ebola/Marburg virus, methicillin resistant Staph. aureus, SARS, and anthrax. Classes will include lecture, primary literature reading and analysis, and some in-class small group work.                     


MBIM -770. Seminar: 1 s.h.

Participation of graduate students in this course is mandatory. Guest speakers supplement the regular program. Each graduate student gives at least one seminar yearly.


Offered academic cycles beginning in odd years: 2007, 2009, 2011...


MBIM-731 Advanced Topics in Immunology: 4 hr.

This course represents an intensive and in-depth study of the areas of cellular immunology,

immunogenetics, clinical immunology, and the immunobiology of tumor development.  Each area will be presented with the intent of developing a sound understanding of experimental and theoretical observations. Emphasis will be placed on the most current research involving sophisticated methodology. Minimum enrollment, 4.


Offered academic cycles beginning in even years: 2008, 2010, 2012...


MBIM-772 Environmental Microbiology: 3 hr

This course emphasizes fundamental microbiological principles as they apply to the environment. Its main goal to introduce the student to the concepts of microbial diversity and evolution, microbial metabolism and catalysis in the biodegradation and synthesis of natural and man-made compounds, the microbial role in biogeochemical cycling, and the interactions of microbes with the physical environment and with other organisms related to the application of microbiological approaches to problems which exist in today's environment. This course also emphasizes real world pollution problems that can be addressed biologically. Biochemical and genetic mechanisms of biodegradation of

aromatic and aliphatic compounds, chlorinated compounds, nitroaromatics, and hydrocarbons will be explored. In addition the microbiology of activated sludge, anaerobic digestion, composting, and other liquid, air, and solid phase waste treatment processes will be developed in this course. The course should prepare the student interested in environmental problems and issues with the necessary practical information to make sound judgments in assessing meaningful solutions and the role

microorganisms play in those processes. Minimum enrollment, 4.


MBIM-779 Immunogenetics: 2 hr.

Initial lectures will review the fundamental principles of genetics. The principal focus of the course will be the genetics of human MHC and immunoglobulin allotypes. Major blood group genes

will also be discussed. Statistical methods employed in delineating the genetic contribution to human diseases will be reviewed. Minimum enrollment, 4.