551-1110-00L  Infection and Immunology

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersW.‑D. Hardt, A. B. Hehl, U. Karrer, F. Sallusto
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentOnly for Health Sciences and Technology BSc and Human Medicine BSc.


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.