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Patricia A Totten
PABIO 590
Seattle Campus

Selected Topics

Individual offerings focusing on topics such as pathogenesis, immunology, virology, disease agents, bioinformatics and grant writing. Small lecture format. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by Sabina G. Astete
Date: 04/14/2010