Molecular and Cellular Immunobiology (IMMU3102)


This study unit builds on the series of lectures that outlined the general properties of the immune system, effector lymphocytes and their functions, delivered in the core courses, IMMU2101 - Introductory Immunobiology and BMED2404 - Microbes, Infection and Immunity (formerly IMMU2001 and BMED2807). In this unit the molecular and cellular aspects of the immune system are investigated in detail. We emphasise fundamental concepts to provide a scientific basis for studies of the coordinated and regulated immune responses that lead to elimination of infectious organisms. Guest lectures from research scientists eminent in particular branches of immunological research are a special feature of the course. These provide challenging information from the forefront of research that will enable the student to become aware of the many components that come under the broad heading 'Immunology'. Three lectures (1 hour each) will be given each fortnight: 2 lectures in one week and one lecture the following week, for the duration of the course. This unit directly complements the unit 'Immunobiology in Human Disease IMMU3202' and students are very strongly advised to undertake these study units concurrently.

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Three 1 hour lectures, one tutorial and one 4-hour practical per fortnight.


Formal examination (one 2 hour exam) and Progressive assessment including written, practical and oral based assessments (100%).


Abbas, AK, Lichtman, AH and Pillai, S. Cellular and Molecular Immunology 7th edition. 2011. Elsevier.

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

[(IMMU2101) and (6 credit points of BCHM2XXX or BIOL2XXX or MICR2XXX or MBLG2XXX or PCOL2XXX or PHSI2XXX)] OR [BMED2401 and BMED2404 and 6 additional credit points of BMED240X]


IMMU3002 or IMMU3902 or BMED3003 

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