Microbiology Theme-Specific Courses

Microbiology Courses

Communicating Science (Sunnie Thompson) Not offered in 2013
GBS 768
BBRB 263
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

This first year graduate level course will teach students how to make formal scientific oral presentations and how to write a paper for publication in a scientific journal.

Intro to Immunology (Burrows/Barnum)
GBS 740A - November 19 - December 19
SHEL 515
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

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.

Prokaryotic Genetics & Molecular Biology (Niederweis/Yother)
GBS 760 – January 2-27
BBRB 263
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

This course is designed to familiarize students with advanced knowledge in recombination, transcription, translation, regulation of gene expression, transport mechanisms and protein export. The students will learn the fundamental principles of how structural components of bacterial cells are built and how bacteria-specific metabolic pathways can be exploited by antibiotics. We will also cover state-of-the-art technologies such as whole genome sequencing, microarray experiments, methods to analyze protein-protein interactions and the metabolome of bacteria. In this course, we emphasize the training of critical thinking and foster the ability of the students to design their own experiments to solve scientific problems in bacteriology. The goal of the course is to provide a strong foundation for advanced bacteriology classes and for doing research in any bacteriology lab.

Virology (Elena Frolova)
GBS 762 – January 28 – February 24
BBRB 263
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

This course is designed to familiarize students with the general steps involved in viral lifecycles and use this knowledge as a framework for understanding the similarities and differences in the lifecycles of (+) and (-) stranded RNA viruses, DNA viruses, and retroviruses. The course also covers the role of viruses in oncogenesis, the origin and evolution of viruses, the innate immune response to viral infections, and the development of antiviral chemotherapeutics. The goal of the course is to provide a strong foundation for advanced virology classes and to provide students with enough background in virology to be comfortable teaching in a college level microbiology class.

Microbial Pathogenesis (David Briles)
GBS 763 – February 25 – March 24
BBRB 263
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

The course in Microbial Pathogenesis contains introductory lectures that provide an overview of major concepts including virulence factors, and host immune mechanisms. Most of the lectures describe the unique aspects of specific bacterial (and fungal) pathogens. Although many of the most important medical pathogens are covered, the course focuses especially on those bacterial and fungal pathogens studies most intensively at UAB. Each week students will be given a quiz based on the lectures of the preceding week. To answer the questions, an understanding of the lecture material will be needed. The questions are designed to help the students thinking about hypotheses and concepts in Bacterial Pathogenesis. The final grade in the course will be based on these quizzes and the student participation in discussions.

Structural Biology (Peter Prevelige)
GBS 764 – March 25 – April 21
BBRB 263
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

The business of biology is carried out by proteins and their function derives from their structure. This course is designed to give students in all themes the background required to think critically about structure/function relationships in biological systems. The focus will be on a non-mathematical, intuitive appreciation of protein structure, how various techniques work, what they can determine, and what their limits are. The goal is for students to be able to read a structure based paper in a journal such as Science, Nature, or Cell, and understand the approach, the findings, and the limitations. If you’ve ever been curious about how a glycoprotein helps a virus bind to and enter a cell, how a flagellum rotates, or how to make mutations to probe the function of a protein this is the course for you.

Developing Presentation Skills for Microbiological Research (Janet Yother)
GBS 759 – Fall/Spring
BBRB 263
Monthly (2nd or 3rd Thursday as announced). 11:30 – 1:30

The goal of this course is to provide students with the skills to critically evaluate and present their research. In initial sessions, students will learn how to give an effective presentation. Students will then develop their own presentation with advice from a student advisor as well as the course director or other faculty members. Following the presentation, students will address questions from an audience of students and faculty. The students and faculty will also provide written evaluations of the presentation. The student advisor will develop skills in critiquing presentations and introducing a scientific speaker to an audience.