Adrian Benedikt Hehl: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2019

Name Prof. Dr. Adrian Benedikt Hehl
(Professor Universität Zürich (UZH))
Universität Zürich
Winterthurerstrasse 266a
8057 Zürich
Telephone044 635 85 26
Fax044 635 89 07

551-1100-00LInfectious Agents: From Molecular Biology to Disease
Number of participants limited to 22.
Requires application until 2 weeks before the start of the semester; selected applicants will be notified one week before the first week of lectures.
(if you missed the deadline, please come to the first date to see, if there are any slots left)
4 credits2SW.‑D. Hardt, L. Eberl, U. F. Greber, A. B. Hehl, M. Kopf, S. R. Leibundgut, C. Münz, A. Oxenius, P. Sander
AbstractLiterature seminar for students at the masters level and PhD students. Introduction to the current research topics in infectious diseases; Introduction to key pathogens which are studied as model organisms in this field; Overview over key research groups in the field of infectious diseases in Zürich.
ObjectiveWorking with the current research literature. Getting to know the key pathogens serving as model organisms and the research technologies currently used in infection biology.
Contentfor each model pathogen (or key technology):
1. introduction to the pathogen
2. Discussion of one current research paper.
The paper will be provided by the respective supervisor. He/she will give advice (if required) and guide the respective literature discussion.
Lecture notesTeachers will provide the research papers to be discussed.
Students will prepare handouts for the rest of the group for their assigned seminar.
LiteratureTeachers will provide the research papers to be discussed.
Prerequisites / NoticeRestricted to max 22 students. Please sign up until two weeks before the beginning of the semester via e-mail to and include the following information: 551-1100-00L; your name, your e-mail address, university/eth, students (specialization, semester), PhD students (research group, member of a PhD program? which program?). The 22 students admitted to this seminar will be selected and informed by e-mail in the week befor the beginning of the semester by W.-D. Hardt.
The first seminar date will serve to form groups of students and assign a paper to each group.
551-1110-00LInfection and Immunology Restricted registration - show details
Only for Health Sciences and Technology BSc and Human Medicine BSc.
2 credits2VW.‑D. Hardt, A. B. Hehl, U. Karrer, F. Sallusto
AbstractStructure and function of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, single- and multi-cellular parasites, and pathogen-specific defense mechanisms of the immune system. The lecture is complemented by a learning platform. Some material is expected to be prepared in self-study
Objective- Students can describe the structural principles and mechanisms of infection of key pathogens.
- Students understand how these pathogens are detected and eliminated by the native and adaptive immune system.
- Students are able to explain how anti-infective agents work and how pathogens develop resistance.
Content- Cellular structure of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria
- Bacteria-host interactions and their effect on the host
- Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance
- Classification of pathogenic viruses
- Organization, classification and life cycle of eukaryotic pathogens
- Organization of the native immune system
- Organization of the adaptive immune system
Prerequisites / NoticeThe immunology section of the course can be taught in English.