Fall 2022 - MBB 420 D100

Selected Topics in Contemporary Biochemistry (3)

Adv.Microbial Pathogenesis

Class Number: 2322

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5016, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Will be announced before the start of the term and will depend upon the nature of the topic offered.



The topics in this course will vary from term to term, depending on faculty availability and student interest.


Special Topic: Advanced Microbial Pathogenesis


Course Description:

This course will explore the current scientific understanding and latest research in microbial pathogenesis. By reading, discussing and presenting current primary literature, students will learn about recent molecular advances in the field. 


Topics include:

Viral pathogens

  • Life cycle
  • Genetics and genomics
  • Viral evolution
  • Host/virus interactions
  • Mechanisms of pathogenesis
  • Antiviral agents and resistance
  • Viral vaccines

Bacterial pathogens

  • Adhesins and host cell recognition
  • Host cell invasion
  • Evasion of the immune response
  • Toxins
  • Secretion systems
  • Antibiotics and resistance
  • Bacterial vaccines


  • Paper presentations 20%
  • Project 1 20%
  • Project 2 20%
  • Exam 1 20%
  • Exam 2 20%


This course is in person.



MBB331 with a minimum grade of C.
Completion of MBB326 is recommended prior to enrolling in this course.

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