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   Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
   Tulane University School of Medicine
   1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-38
   New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-2699
   Telephone: (504) 988-5150

Graduate Programs

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers graduate programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Broad training is provided in many subdisciplines, including bacteriology (bacterial genetics, bacterial physiology, and bacterial pathogenesis), virology, immunology, and medical mycology. This training encompasses both course work in these areas and in biochemistry and research training in the form of rotations through faculty laboratories. Students also participate in the departmental seminar and may elect to take further course work in other departments of the Medical School and the University. This study occupies the first two years of training for the predoctoral student; the student then performs research in his or her chosen field under the mentorship of a faculty member with special interest in that subdiscipline.

 Correspondence and Information on Graduate Programs:

 Dr. Lucy C. Freytag
Coordinator of the Graduate Studies Program
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Tulane University School of Medicine
1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-38
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-2699
Telephone: (504) 988-6772

 

ADDITIONAL COURSE OFFERINGS

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers elective opportunities for individual study and/or research to qualified medical and graduate students. Several advanced course offerings in the subdisciplines of microbiology are also available including Advanced Immunology, Advanced Virology, Bacterial Physiology and Genetics, and Molecular Aspects of Microbial Pathogenesis. These courses are generally offered on an alternate year basis.

Students having an interest in these course offerings, all of which require Microbiology 201 and Immunology 201 as prerequisite, should contact the departmental office.

In addition, medical students interested in an M.D./Ph.D. program in microbiology should contact the departmental office:

 Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Tulane University School of Medicine
1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-38
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-2699
Telephone: (504) 988-5150



MEDICAL IMMUNOLOGY

Immunology Course Information (SOM only)


 201 Medical Immunology:

The objectives of the course are as follows:

1) to present to students a fundamental working knowledge of the principles of immunology;

2) to give students an understanding of how these principles are applied to the understanding and treatment of human disease;

 3) to develop the student's ability to solve problems in clinical immunology by making use of available resources, and through communication with colleagues.

 To reach these goals, the Medical Immunology course consists of a combination of lectures and small group learning exercises. Lectures in Medical Immunology not only stress the molecular and cellular basis for immunity, but also introduce students to those disease states in which a basic knowledge of immunology is critical to an understanding of the disease state. Small group learning in the form of "Patient Oriented Problem Solving" (POPS) augment the lecture topics by allowing the students to analyze structured clinical problems which require a knowledge of immunology.

 Course Director:

Dr. James McLachlan
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Tulane University School of Medicine
1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-38
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-2699
Telephone: (504) 988-3521

 

INTRODUCTION TO INFECTIOUS DISEASES (IID)

IID Course Information (T2 only)

Medical Microbiology Elective

 201 IID:

This course is a presentation of microbiology as a fundamental biomedical discipline. It is designed to give the student an understanding of the scientific basis of the behavior of pathogenic organisms, as a foundation for the student's clinical experience in studying the natural history of infectious diseases. In addition to consideration of the fundamental principles involved in the isolation and study of bacteria, fungi, and viruses in the laboratory, the specific behavior of the various etiologic agents under conditions of natural spread is examined. Some of the diverse factors in the patient's response to the parasite are analyzed, particularly those which may lead to altered resistance; emphasis is placed on the application of such knowledge wherever possible to diagnosis, therapy and prophylaxis. An attempt also is made to highlight certain key areas of microbiological research such as the relationship of viruses to neoplasia, and AIDS, so as to give the student an appreciation of potentially important new areas of investigation as these may relate to human disease. Team-based learning exercises are scheduled throughout the course and are designed to highlight key principles, concepts, or experimental techniques in microbiology.

 Course Director:

Dr. Kerstin Honer zu Bentrup
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Tulane University School of Medicine
1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-38
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-2699
Telephone: (504) 988-4609

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