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Michael J Gale
MICROM 441
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Immunology

General properties of immune responses; cells and tissues of immune system; lymphocyte activation and specificity; effector mechanisms; immunity to microbes; immunodeficiency and AIDS; autoimmune diseases; transplantation. Prerequisite: BIOL 220; recommended: either GENET 371, GENET 372, BIOC 405, or BIOC 440. Offered: jointly with IMMUN 441; A.

Class description

For questions about registration in Immunology 441 or Microbiology 441, please contact Peggy McCune (staff support) at pmccune@u.washington.edu. We will cover the general properties and differentiation of the bone marrow-derived cells that comprise the immune system and describe the tissues in which they mature, the genetics and protein structure of the receptors used by immune cells to recognize foreign molecules, the pathways by which these foreign substances are processed for recognition by immune cells, the chemical mediators of many immune functions, and clinical aspects of immunity, including resistance to pathogens, transplant rejection, hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, and AIDS.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Course chair for AUT/2009 is Dr. Michael Gale, who will lecture as well as organize the course. Other Immunology faculty members also lecture, providing their expertise in special areas of Immunology.

Recommended preparation

The course will consist of three weekly lectures given by a variety of experts in the field and a required discussion (Quiz) section taught by graduate students in immunology.

Class assignments and grading

TEXTBOOK - Janeway’s Immunobiology, 7th Edition (Garland Press), by Kenneth M. Murphy, Paul Travers, Mark Walport, ISBN Paperback: 978-0-8153-4123-9,Packaged with a CD-ROM Reading assignments will be mainly confined to the textbook and are meant to support the lecture material.

Grades will be assigned on the basis of performance on three equally weighted exams -- two midterms and a final exam. Quiz sections will include weekly non-graded quizzes.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Peggy A. Mccune
Date: 08/13/2009