Course catalogue doctoral education - VT24

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Title Clinical and Molecular Parasitology and Mycology
Course number 5234
Programme Biology of infection and global health (BIGH)
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2023-09-25 -- 2023-09-29
Responsible KI department Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The purpose of this course is to expose students to advanced aspects of clinical and molecular parasitology and mycology. Students will be presented to cutting-edge technologies and approaches used in research on these fascinating eukaryotic pathogens, to stimulate their curiosity and inspire them to translate and apply it to their own research.
Intended learning outcomes After the course, the students will have acquired knowledge on the current understanding of the cellular and molecular interplay between parasites, parasitic fungi and their hosts. The students will be able to give examples of interdisciplinary studies in host-parasite interaction and should be able to relate their own research project to the forefront developments in other areas of parasitological and mycological research. Thus, after the course the students will have a more holistic picture of infection biology, and hopefully be encouraged to apply new information for the benefit of their further graduate training and research.
Contents of the course The course covers topics on microbial virulence, transmission and evolution, the cellular and molecular interplay between eukaryotic pathogens and their hosts and how this related to disease pathogenesis.
Teaching and learning activities The course consists of lectures by invited national and international experts on parasitological and mycological research. Lectures will cover basic aspects of parasite and host biology and disease pathogenesis to provide the students with a foundation in the subject. In addition, the lectures will contain a more advanced part where state-of-the-art research is presented. The students will be encouraged to actively interact in discussions with the lecturers and to think on the spot to ask questions. The students will also be presented to selected scientific and/or methodological conundrums and are expected to choose and write an essay on one of these, containing suggestions on research approaches on how to solve the scientific mystery.
Compulsory elements Attendance of the lectures is compulsory. If the students are unable to attend lectures they should write a summary based on the course literature provided for that lecture. Obligatory is also a written essay assignment where students will present and discuss a chosen scientific and/or methodological problem.
Examination The students will be presented a number of current scientific problems related to the parasitological and mycological research topics discussed during the course. The students are expected to choose and write an essay on one of these. The essay should contain a summary of the research field, suggestions on research approaches aimed to solve the scientific conundrum and relate it to their own research. This essay assignment serves as course examination, where students will be individually assessed.
Literature and other teaching material Reading standard text books that cover parasitology and mycology, such as Murray, Rosenthal and Pfaller, Medical Microbiology 8th edition, is recommended but not required. Original research articles and review articles related to the topics presented will be handed out by the lecturers.
Number of students 8 - 20
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) start date of doctoral studies (priority given to earlier start date)
More information Course will be held on the Solna campus as well as online
Additional course leader David Plaza
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible David Plaza
Department of Medicine, Solna
Contact person Benedict Chambers
Institutionen för medicin, Huddinge