Immunology Graduate Program Coursework

The Program's coursework is structured to give students a strong basic understanding of immunology and help prepare the students for their careers in research. Students will receive broad training in biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology in their first year of graduate school.

Program course descriptions

This course will offer students the opportunity to present, review and discuss current literature in Immunology. Students will be graded on their presentations and their participation.

The Immunohematology Club Seminar Series meets twice a month and is designed to allow local investigators to present their research on immunology and / or hematology in a formal seminar setting. The purpose of this series is to foster interactions among the Divisions of Allergy and ImmunologyImmunobiologyImmunology-UCInfectious DiseasesRheumatologyHematology and Experimental Hematology.

The Distinguished Lecturer in Immunology Series meets monthly, bringing world-renowned immunologists to present their latest research. Students and faculty will have the opportunity to meet individually with the distinguished lecturers to discuss their research.

Details of each presentation are forwarded on a monthly basis. If you have questions, call 513-636-0254.

This course will allow students a forum to present their scientific research in front of their peers. In cooperation with their mentors, students will prepare a research presentation that outlines the background, hypotheses, experimental designs, results, and interpretation of their thesis research. Students will be graded based on attendance, participation, and the quality of their research presentation.
This course will allow students to perform independent investigative work in the field of Immunology in the lab of their scientific mentor. This work is in partial fulfillment of the requirements for their masters and PhD degrees.
This course will allow students to build on their knowledge of Immunology by reading and reviewing a body of literature on a given topic in Immunology. The students will learn how to constructively review the literature in a specific area and how to craft an outline for a review article summarizing that literature. The ultimate goal of this class is to prepare students to write a review article on an important and current topic in the area of Immunology.
Foundations in Immunology is a comprehensive immunology course for first year graduate students. It covers the structure, function, and organization of the immune system; including cells, genes, and molecules of the innate and adaptive immune systems, cross-talk between these compartments, immune system development, autoimmunity and immunodeficiency. Lectures will be didactic in nature and "team-taught" by several faculty depending upon their area of expertise. Although a text will not be directly assigned as part of the course, some lectures will be somewhat textbook based. While the course has no prerequisites, students will find that some background in basic biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular genetics will be helpful. Grades will be based on essay examinations and graded assignments.
This course will offer students the opportunity to present, review and discuss current literature in Immunology. In the fall semester of this course, students will be required to write an NIH-style grant application. Students will then critically review the grant applications of their peers. Students will be graded on their presentations, their participation, and their grant application.
Students who have been approved for PhD candidacy are eligible for this special fee dissertation course. Full-time (12 credits) dissertation research effort is required, and a student registered for this course cannot register for any other courses in that semester. Research in the lab of faculty member on a defined problem will be performed to teach lab techniques and approaches to research. Literature readings and discussion of research with staff and dissertation writing also are included. Offered each Semester, may be taken repeatedly.
Primarily a lecture based course that represents the first course in the core curriculum series that is designed for all first year graduate students in the College of Medicine. Topics include DNA replication, recombination, and repair; Cell cycle regulation; Transcriptional regulation; Translational regulation; Protein trafficking; etc.
This course introduces students to ethical theories generally and the ethical and regulatory issues they are likely to encounter as researchers. Students will learn to identify issues, how to analyze ethical issues in research, and to develop coherent justifications for their ethical and responsible conduct of research.
Students will learn basic statistics such as mean, median, mode, standard deviation, variance, etc. Topics include probability, parametric statistics such as t tests and one way analysis of variance, and nonparametric statistics including both Wilcoxon tests and Kaplan-Meier estimation of survival. Bayes theorem, discrete (eg Binomial) and continuous probability distributions (eg normal distributions and one variable regression and product moment correlation and rank correlation are covered.
A comprehensive introductory level immunology course for graduate students, advanced undergraduates, technicians and fellows. It will cover basic immunochemistry and cellular and molecular immunology. While the course has no official prerequisites, students will find that some background in basic biochemistry, cell biology and molecular genetics will be desirable.
Basic cellular and immunologic mechanisms related to the pathogenesis of human disease, including infectious agents, cancer, autoimmunity, and allergic reactions.