Focusing on the biological, immunological, epidemiological, and ecological aspects of viral, bacterial, and protozoan diseases, primarily in developing countries.

The Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IID) was formed in 1997 when the Departments of Cancer Biology, Molecular and Cellular Toxicology, and Tropical Public Health were merged. The department focuses on the biological, immunological, epidemiological, and ecological aspects of viral, bacterial, and protozoan diseases of animals and humans, including the vectors that transmit infectious agents. Read More


PARASITES: Expert Cell Biologists and Immunologists (Spring II)


BPH 307qc – IID 205
Class Number: 34693

Course ID: 204513

Barbara Burleigh, PhD
Wendy Garrett, MD/PhD

Spring II March 20 – May 12
Tuesday and Thursday 3:30pm – 5:20pm

This is advanced readings course focuses on a group of parasitic protozoa and helminths responsible for the highest burden of disease in developing countries. These include malaria, toxoplasma, leishmania, trypanosomes, amoebae, giardia and schistosomes. Weekly lectures from invited speakers will enhance critical readings of current literature and student-led discussions. Central themes in the pathogenesis of infectious diseases will be examined in the framework of the unique biology of eukaryotic parasites and their relationship to the host defense. Readings and discussions will emphasize experimental approaches and mechanism in parasitic infection from a molecular and cellular perspective. A final paper, in the format of a research proposal or a perspective articles, is required.


Global Infectious Diseases Program

Summer Institute Courses in the Global Infectious Diseases Program

The Global Infectious Diseases Program is built around two core courses that address topics of high global significance.  One course focuses on vector-borne and zoonotic infections (IID232); the other core course focuses on infections transmitted through water and food (IID233). These courses are designed for students, public health officers, clinicians, and scientists who are seeking advanced training in infectious diseases that disproportionately affect individuals in resource-limited areas, especially in issues of control and prevention.

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