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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 7.34 (Spring 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • Under the Radar Screen: How Bugs Trick Our Immune Defenses 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Biology 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Dr. Gijsbert Grotenbreg
    Dr. Marie-Eve Paquet 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 7.340 Under the Radar Screen: How Bugs Trick Our Immune Defenses

    Spring 2007

    Course Highlights

    This literature-based seminar features a complete list of readings.

    Course Description

    In this course, we will explore the specific ways by which microbes defeat our immune system and the molecular mechanisms that are under attack (phagocytosis, the ubiquitin/proteasome pathway, MHC I/II antigen presentation). Through our discussion and dissection of the primary research literature, we will explore aspects of host-pathogen interactions. We will particularly emphasize the experimental techniques used in the field and how to read and understand research data. Technological advances in the fight against microbes will also be discussed, with specific examples.

    This course is one of many Advanced Undergraduate Seminars offered by the Biology Department at MIT. These seminars are tailored for students with an interest in using primary research literature to discuss and learn about current biological research in a highly interactive setting. Many instructors of the Advanced Undergraduate Seminars are postdoctoral scientists with a strong interest in teaching.


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