Patricia A Totten
Individual offerings focusing on topics such as pathogenesis, immunology, virology, disease agents, bioinformatics and grant writing. Small lecture format. Credit/no-credit only. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
This course will provide an overview of critical areas of research on STDs and the pathogens that cause them
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
To emphasize the multidisciplinary nature of STD research, I have chosen speakers, all with different backgrounds, who are leaders in their fields of study. Each will give an overview of their research area, the STD pathogen they study, then will focus on the current ground-breaking research and research needs in their field of study. The first two lectures will discuss STD syndromes and their sequelae, global burden of STDs, and critical public health research needs. The following lectures will give an overview of a particular STD pathogen, current ground-breaking research and research needs for this pathogen, and may focus, for example, on its molecular pathogenesis, immunobiology, epidemiology, or vaccine development.
While intended for graduate students with a basic background in epidemiology, immunology, microbiology, and molecular biology, the course has no specific prerequisites.
Class assignments and grading
Class discussion will be encouraged and three sets of homework questions will be distributed, due the following week.