Program Name: Biomedical Sciences
Course Name: Advanced Virology Course Id: 6601
Description: The goal of this course is to provide a broad-based systematic approach to the problem of virus-host interactions. The course is designed to be coordinated with the bi-annual New York Academy of Sciences Symposium on Virus-Host Interactions. All first year and second year PhD students as well as MD/PhD students doing their research projects in virology, cell biology, immunology, and/or molecular genetics/gene therapy are encouraged to participate.
This non-modular course will begin with an introduction to host immune defense mechanisms and will explore the strategies that viruses have developed in order to evade them. While all viruses enter cells, replicate their genomes, and exit the infected cell, the specific tactics employed differ dramatically among the virus groups.
Specifically, we will discuss (i) the basic life cycle of relevant viruses and (ii) the ways in which they interact with their host cells and evade immune detection.
Semester Offered: Fall