Introductory Immunology, (Peter Burrows and Scott Barnum)  
GBS 740A - Part I November 19 - December 19; GBS 740B - Part II January 2 - January 27 [2012 Course Schedule]
SHEL 515
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Monday through Friday

Introductory Immunology is a team-taught survey course that covers basic concepts of innate and adaptive immunity. These integrated series of lectures provide a firm foundation in immunology, especially for those with minimal immunology background, and serve as an important refresher for the developing immunologist. Students actively participate in the course through weekly presentations of selected immunology topics based on the current literature. Click here for course description.

Lymphocyte Biology, (Allan Zajac)
GBS 741 - February 25 - March 24
SHEL 515
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. M-W-F

The objective of this class is to provide first year immunology students with the opportunity to gain a more in-depth understanding of selected aspects of lymphocyte biology. Possible topics include T cell subsets, B cell biology, lymphocyte activation, and transplantation immunology. The course is literature intense and students are required to read and present numerous scientific papers.

Mucosal Immunology, (Lesley Smythies and Robin Lorenz) 
GBS 744 - March 25 - April 21  [2012 Course Description]
SHEL 515
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. M-W-F

The mucosal immune system is essentially the primary site of interaction between invading pathogens and the immune system.  Mucosal immunity has always been a strength of the immunology community at UAB and is rarely covered at most other institutions.  This class will provide in-depth analysis of the structural features that distinguish the mucosal immune system from the peripheral immune system.  Features of innate and adaptive immunity as they relate to mucosal immune responses will also be covered.  The course will involve student presentations on selected topics.

Neuroimmunology, (Tara DeSilva) 
GBS 745 - January 28 - February 24
SHEL 515
8:00-10:00 a.m.

The purpose of this course is threefold; 1) to provide students with a basic overview of immunology and neuroscience in conjunction with a specific focus on how neuroinflammatory processes affect the brain, 2) to teach students basic neuroanatomy of the brain, and 3) to have students understand the clinical implications of neuroinflammatory diseases by attending rounds with clinicians. How the immune system influences the brain is an emerging field in neuroscience research and is currently not being addressed in a graduate or medical course.  Click here for course description

Innate Immunity, (Alex Szalai and Scott Barnum) Not offered Spring 2014
GBS 743
SHEL 515
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. M-W-F

The study of innate immunity has made a resurgence in recent years and its critical role, not only in host defense against invading pathogens, but in the development of adaptive immune responses is now appreciated. This course will provide an in-depth look at selected aspects of the innate immune response including the cellular and molecular components critical to its development. The course will involve student presentations on selected topics.


Advanced Course for Fall 2013
Evolution of Immunity (Rodney King)
GBS 746 Special Topics (54454) [2012 Course Description]
SHEL 415
Dates and Time TBD

Potential Advanced Courses, Depending on Student Interest

  • Respiratory Tract Pathogens - pathogenesis and host defense
  • The Acute Phase Response
  • Primary Immunodeficiency
  • Immune Cell Signaling
  • Molecular Genetics of the Immune System