Fall 2022 - MBB 829 G100

Special Topics in Biochemistry (3)

Adv.Microbial Pathogenesis

Class Number: 2276

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

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



Consideration of recent literature concerning selected contemporary research topics. Can be taken more than once with permission of the instructor.


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 presentation 30%
  • Project 1 (poster and short report) 35%
  • Project 2 (poster and short report) 35%

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