Molecular and Cellular Immunology
Evolution of the immune system, innate immunity, cell biology of immunity, structural basis of discrimination between self and non-self.
- BSc Biochemistry, BSc Medical Biochemistry, BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Human Biology
The emphasis of this module is on how the immune system works, with a focus on molecular and cellular aspects.
The main areas covered include:
- the evolution of the immune system,
- innate immunity and the role of phagocytes, inflammatory responses and intracellular killing mechanisms,
- adaptive immunity and the role of B cells, T cell subsets, antigen presenting cells, interleukins and cell surface receptors,
- immunity and infection killer cells and killing mechanisms, (iv) the structures, signalling pathways, cell biology and interactions involved in antigen recognition, T and B cell responses, antibody-antigen complexes,
- immunological disorders, including hypersensitivity, autoimmune diseases and transplantation,
- vaccines and therapeutic antibodies.
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Lectures, data interpretation sessions, practicals, guided independent study
Exam (60%), Coursework (40%)