Courses Offered by Immunology

Immunology 201. Advanced Topics in Immunology

Thorsten Mempel, Stephanie Dougan, Shiv Pillai and members of the Department 
Half course Tu., Th., 1:30-3, with section Tu., Th., 3-4.


As a comprehensive core course in immunology, the topics include a broad but intensive examination of the cells and molecules on the immune system. Special attention is given to the experimental approaches that led to the general principles of immunology.


Note: Background in genetics and biochemistry is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: this course is intended for students who have had prior exposure to immunology at the undergraduate level. In the absence of such exposure, students MUST obtain the permission of the Course Director.


Immunology 202. Advanced Principles of Immunology

Filip Swirski and Mikael Pittet

Half course Tu., Th., 1:30-4:00pm.


IMM202 builds on IMM201 and explores fundamental principles of immunology in the context of immune and inflammatory diseases. Through a series of lectures and discussion, students will survey a broad range of diseases in which the immune system is essential. Topics will include not only diseases that mobilize classical immunity but also conditions to which we now know the immune systems contribute. Students will use oral and written exercises to learn how to evaluate and synthesize major concepts and tools germane to immunology’s relationship to bioscience.


Prerequisite: Immunology 201 or its equivalent.


Immunology 204. Critical Reading for Immunology

Duane Wesemann

Half course Th., 10am-1pm.


Original research articles from fields including immunology, biochemistry, genetics, and cell and developmental biology will be critically analyzed in an intensive small group format. Grading will be based on class participation and oral presentations.

Required for first-year immunology students; open to second-year students. No auditors allowed.


Immunology 301. Immunology Seminar Discussion Course

Shiv Pillai and Galit Alter

Half course (fall and spring terms). Wed., 2:30-4 pm.


Gives students exposure to research topics in immunology. Students prepare for the weekly seminar through readings and discussion with seminar speakers. These discussions are facilitated by members of the Committee on Immunology.

Note: Required for, and limited to, first-year Immunology graduate students.


Immunology 301qc. Autoimmunity

Kai Wucherpfennig and Francisco Quintana

Quarter course . M., 4–6.


This course will focus on basic immunological mechanisms of autoimmune diseases, with an emphasis on recent advances in the field. At each session, we will focus on a particular topic and discuss three important publications.


Immunology 302qc. Clinical Sessions in Immunology

Rachael Clark

Quarter Course


Lectures by physician scientists and clinical exposure to patients with immunologically mediated diseases. The goal is to foster translational research into human immunologic disease. Formulate grant proposals that address critical questions for understanding or treatment of human immunologic disease.
Note: Limited to Immunology students. Hours for clinical visits to be arranged.



Immunology 305qc. Neuro-immunology in development, regeneration and disease

Isaac Chiu, Michael Carroll, and Beth Stevens

Quarter course Th., 4–6:30pm.


It is increasingly clear that the nervous system and immune system share parallel molecular pathways, and communication between neurons and immune cells play significant roles in homeostasis and disease. This course will investigate current topics in neuro-immunology: CNS development, chronic pain, neuro-degeneration, aging, axon regeneration, auto-immunity and infection.  We will focus our discussions on molecular mechanisms shared by the immune and nervous systems and the molecular cross-talk between these two systems.

Each class will cover a specific topic in neuro-immunology.  Students should be prepared to lead discussions on pre-selected papers for each session.


Immunology 307qc. Cancer Immunology

Kai W. Wucherpfennig, Catherine Wu, Stephanie Dougan Philip Kranzusch and Judith Agudo

Quarter course M., 4–6.

There have been many exciting recent developments in the cancer immunology field, and multiple therapeutic approaches have shown efficacy against diverse types of cancer. This course will emphasize new mechanistic insights, in particular on the following topics: Mechanisms of spontaneous protective anti-tumor immunity; Key effector cell populations of anti-tumor immunity; Inflammation and tumor microenvironment; Immunosuppressive mechanisms in tumor immunity; Targeting of inhibitory receptors; Cancer vaccines; New approaches for delivery of immunotherapies into tumors.


Immunology 328r. Introduction to Research

Shiv Pillai and faculty members

Three required laboratory rotations in immunology each lasting 10-12 weeks per laboratory. To be arranged by students with investigators affiliated with the immunology program.

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