Graduate Course Offerings

Microbiology & Immunology Courses

MBIM-623G. Microbiology for Dental Students. Microbiology is a core course in the dental curriculum that is intended to foster a knowledge base and understanding of the fundamentals of bacterial physiology and genetics; clinical bacteriology, virology, parasitology, and mycology; antimicrobial therapy; asepsis in dentistry; and infection control. The primary goals of the course are to explore the relationship between the physiology of medically important microbes to the pathobiological sequelae of human-microbial interactions, with particular reference to the role of oral microbes in human disease. Emphasis is placed on the study of oral ecology, dental caries, periodontal disease, hepatitis, and AIDS. Laboratory instruction includes problem based, small group exercises in microbiology, with specific sections on oral flora and aseptic techniques. 4 s.h. Spring (Michael Schmidt). 

MBIM-725. Virology. This course will introduce principles of virology to advanced microbiology students. The key areas to be covered include the unique features of replication of RNA and DNA viruses, the uses of viruses as vectors, and elements of viral pathogenicity. The material will be presented in a number of formats including lectures by faculty, written papers, oral presentations by students, and discussion of current and seminal literature. 3 s.h. Spring or Fall. Alternate Years. (Christina Voelkel-Johnson)

MBIM-735. Advanced Immunology. This course represents an intensive and in-depth study of the areas of cellular immunology, immunogenetics, clinical immunology, and the immunobiology of tumor development. Each area will be presented with the intent of developing a sound understanding of experimental and theoretical observations. Emphasis will be placed on the most current research involving sophisticated methodology. 4 s.h. Fall. (Beichu Guo)

MBIM-742. Advanced Microbiology. The course will present in-depth perspectives on the agents responsible for the major bacterial, viral, and parasitic-induced diseases. Emphasis will be placed on current research and new insights gained into the biochemistry, molecular biology and immunology of these organisms. 4 s.h. Fall. Alternate Years. (Michael Schmidt/Harold May)

MBIM-770. Seminar. Participation of graduate students in this course is mandatory. Guest speakers supplement the regular program. Each graduate student gives at least one seminar yearly. Pass/Fail. 1 s.h. Fall/Spring. (Azizul Haque)

MBIM-772. Environmental Microbiology. The course emphasizes fundamental microbiological principles as they apply to the environment. Its main goal is to introduce the student to the concepts of microbial diversity and evolution, microbial metabolism and catalysis in the biodegradation and synthesis of natural and man-made compounds, the microbial role in biogeochemical cycling, and the interactions of microbes with the physical environment and with other organisms related to the application of microbiological approaches to problems which exist in today’s environment. The course should prepare the student interested in environmental problems and issues with the necessary practical information to make sound judgments in assessing meaningful solutions and the role microorganisms play in those processes. 3 s.h. Fall/Spring. (Harold May)

MBIM-776. Special Projects in Immunology and Microbiology. Individual faculty accept limited numbers of students to pursue a “small” research project. Intended for those students desiring research experience but open to those who would pursue relevant projects of their own design. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Variable s.h. Fall/Spring.

MBIM-779. Immunogenetics. Initial lectures will review the fundamental principles of genetics. The course will consist of discussions of primary literature in immunogenetics. Topics to be discussed vary, but will always include the MHC and immunoglobulin genes. Statistical methods employed in delineating the genetic contribution to human diseases will also be discussed. Prerequisites: advanced immunology and basic genetics or permission of instructor. 2 s.h. Fall/Spring. (Janardan Pandey)

MBIM-786. Cancer Immunotherapy Lessons. (K12 Scholars Program.) This course will combine didactic lectures with participation in mock study sections. The first 3 weeks of class will be lecture and the remaining 12 weeks will be used to review and critique past grant proposals related to cancer immunotherapy recently submitted by principal investigators at MUSC. Students will also attend the monthly meetings of the Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy (CII) program faculty (4 meetings during the semester) and submit a 1 page written summary and response for each. 2 s.h. Fall/Spring. (Zihai Li).

MBIM-788(CGS-784). Spring Mini-Course: Immunobiology. Intensive 7-week introductory immunology course for graduate students in lecture format, utilizing Janeway’s Immunobiology as a textbook. Emphasis is on understanding molecular mechanisms resulting in immunity, and experimental methods for testing and discovering these mechanisms. **(not for advanced credit if taken as part of the PhD first year curriculum). 3 s.h. Spring (Chrystal Paulos). 

MBIM-856. Critical Literature Review in Inflammation and Immunity. Course is a formalized, refereed Journal Club focused on topics of general interest in Microbiology and Immunology. Mandatory for PhD candidates in Microbiology and Immunology. 1 s.h. Fall/Spring. (Mark Rubinstein)

MBIM-970. Research. Variable s.h.

MBIM-980. Thesis. Variable s.h.

MBIM-990. Dissertation. Variable s.h.

M&I Students are also free to take advanced courses offered by other departments, provided the courses are approved for advanced credit by the student’s Advisory Committee.