Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Preparedness and Response
GS07 1011 (1 credits)
Koehler, Theresa. One semester hour. Fall, odd-numbered years. Grading System: Pass or Fail. Prerequisite: None.
The broad impact of bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases on scientific research and public health, and the role of scientists in preparedness and response will be addressed in a series of seminar presentations. Speakers with expertise in diverse areas, including public health response, select agent biology, diagnosis and disease management, and public policy, will present talks followed by group discussion. Audit not allowed, but unregistered students who wish to attend only talks of their choice are welcome.
Fluorescence and Electron Microscopy: Imaging Cells and Molecules
GS04 1051 (1 credits)
Hu, Bo; Margolin, Bill. One semester hour. Spring, annually. Grading System: Pass or Fail. Prerequisite: General knowledge of microbiology and biochemistry and consent of instructor (approval code needed for registration).
Fluorescence and electron microscopes permit the examination of cellular features at high magnification. This laboratory-based course is designed to provide the theory, fundamental operating principles, specimen preparation techniques of fluorescence microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and cryo-electron microscopy. At the end of the course, students with no prior experience will be able to prepare specimens, operate the instruments, and collect and interpret data. In addition, students will also learn how to write part of manuscripts. While this course is intended for students in the Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Program, other GSBS students are encouraged to enroll as these advanced microscopic techniques are broadly used.
Literature Survey in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
GS07 1741 (1 credits)
Spring and Fall
Garsin, Danielle. One semester hour. Fall and Spring, annually. Grading System: Pass or Fail. Prerequisite: none. This is a required course for all MID Program students except for those in their final thesis/dissertation writing semester.
Students will present and critically evaluate recent journal articles. The specific articles are to be chosen by the presenter from the literature in the fields of microbiology and molecular genetics. Students will be evaluated on their presentation and participation in discussions.
Microbial Genetics and Physiology
GS07 1015 (5 credits)
Konovalova, Anna. Five-hour semester. Spring, annually. Grading System: Letter Grade. Prerequisites: GS21 1017: Foundations of Biomedical Research or Permission of Instructor.
The objective of this course is to provide second semester, first-year students with a broad knowledge of genetics and physiology as they pertain specifically to prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes. Topics covered include genetics, gene expression, cell division, cell structure and biogenesis, energy and metabolism, signaling and development, stress response, and pathogenesis (virulence factors and host response). The class will be divided into 15, one-week units in which at least two faculty-led lectures and two student-led, roundtable presentations of the primary literature will take place.
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Seminar Series
GS07 1751 (1 credits)
Spring and Fall
Koehler, Theresa. One semester hour. Fall and Spring, annually. Grading System: Pass or Fail. Prerequisite: none. This is a required course for all MID Program students except for those in their final thesis/dissertation writing semester. Attendance of at least 75% of the seminars is required for a passing grade.
Students will attend the weekly departmental seminars series in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.
While the preference is that students attend seminar live, due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, students and other participants will have the opportunity to participate remotely via WebEx. If a student wants to participate remotely, the student must inform both Theresa.M.Koehler@uth.tmc.edu and Carolyn.A.AgurciaParker@uth.tmc.edu prior to the beginning of the meeting.
Since students are given credit based on participation and attendance, remote students will be asked to demonstrate their engagement by one of these actions:
1. Asking a question. Remote students will be given the opportunity to ask a question of the speaker. Students who do so will be noted and given credit for remote attendance.
2. Handing in a short write-up. The write-up should consist of the following: A) A description of the purpose of the research study in one or two sentences. AND B) A description of any concerns about the research OR an idea for future experiments related to the work. The write-up should be submitted to both Theresa.M.Koehler@uth.tmc.edu and Carolyn.A.AgurciaParker@uth.tmc.edu to receive attendance credit.
Seminar in Infectious Diseases
GS07 1731 (1 credits)
Miller, William. One semester hour. Fall, even-numbered years. Grading System: Pass or Fail. Prerequisite: coursework or work experience in microbiology
A small group discussion course examining the biologic and clinical basis of infectious diseases. Students will attend and analyze infectious disease grand rounds presentations, tour a clinical microbiology laboratory, participate in group discussions with infectious disease physicians, and critically analyze clinically-related articles in the general areas of microbial pathogenesis, host-parasite interactions, diagnosis, therapy and prevention.
Topics in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
GS07 1092 (2 credits)
van Hoof, Ambro. Two semester hours. Fall, annually. Grading System: Letter Grade. Prerequisites: Previous coursework in molecular microbiology, or permission of the course director.
This course provides cutting-edge information on selected topics in microbiology and infectious diseases and develops the student’s ability to critically review research and develop a research program. The course primarily consists of student presentations and discussion of recent scientific articles. The list of articles for each session will be provided in advance. Students will also be required to develop and write a full NIH style grant proposal.
This course fulfills the GSBS Scientific Writing requirement.