(BIOL 2053 B1)
This course is an overview of the diversity of microorganisms on the planet, including Archaea, Bacteria, Protista, Fungi and Viruses, and will focus on the unique and vital roles that these organisms play in their environment.
Note: BIOL 2253 is available this year and has no lab
This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of the defences of mammals and other organisms at the molecular, cellular and system levels. Topics include the organisation and regulation of the immune system, cellular interactions among immune system components, immune dysfunction, and specific immune responses against pathogenic viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoan and metazoan parasites.
(3h lab - case studies)
Applied & Environmental Microbiology
The Earth could not support life without the activities of microorganisms. This course will examine the essential roles that microbes play in the biosphere, the unusual and surprising ways that they have adapted to harsh niches, and how humans are increasingly exploiting their biochemical abilities in food production, water purification, medicines, soil improvement, and energy recovery.
This course examines the ceaseless struggle between the antimicrobial defences of humans and the virulence factors of bacterial and protozoan pathogens. Important human infectious diseases will be studied as examples of the contest between hosts and parasites, and as examples of how modern medicine is driving evolution of human pathogens. (3h lab)
This video highlights some of what we do in the Pathogenic Microbiology lab!
Pictures of in-class activities
Learning about photosynthesis!