Kristen W Cohen
Individual offerings focusing on topics such as pathogenesis, immunology, virology, disease agents, bioinformatics and grant writing. Small lecture format. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
The etiology of AIDS was discovered 30 years ago. Great proclamations by the medical community insisted a vaccine would be available in a matter of years. Despite great progress in understanding the biology of HIV, we still face the same fundamental questions regarding eradication of HIV and the development of an efficacious vaccine. This class will cover selective topics of historical and scientific significance to the field, thereby evaluating where we have been and where the field is going.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This class will meet three times a week for three weeks (60 minute classes). Each class will begin with a brief lecture providing background into the historical and scientific context of the topic followed by the paper discussion. Students are expected to prepare by reading an assigned seminal paper regarding that topic as well as an additional recent paper that reflects the contemporary progress. The purpose of each class discussion is not only to cast a critical eye on the scientific achievements, but also to develop a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of the HIV field. To facilitate this, experts in the HIV field will join the class discussion and provide insights into the historical background and intellectual environment. The class size is limited to 15 students in order to facilitate lively discussions.
The class size is intended for graduate students in the biological sciences or related field.
Class assignments and grading
Students are not only expected to read the literature but come prepared with questions.
As there are no written assignments, students will be evaluated heavily based on participation.