Course Coordinator: 
Hiroki Ishikawa

In this course, students will learn basic principles of immunology including the cellular and molecular mechanism of innate and adaptive immunity. The course also provides the clinical importance of immunology in various diseases such as HIV/AIDS, autoimmunity and allergy. Then, students will learn how the immune response can be manipulated by vaccination to combat infectious diseases and cancer.

This lecture series introduces the basic principles and current research in immunology.
Course Content: 
  1. Basic concepts in immunology
  2. Innate immunity
  3. Antigen recognition by B-cell and T-cell receptors
  4. The generation of lymphocyte antigen receptors
  5. Antigen presentation to T lymphocytes
  6. Signaling through immune system receptors
  7. The development and survival of lymphocytes
  8. T cell-mediated immunity
  9. The humoral immune response
  10. Dynamics of adaptive immunity
  11. The mucosal immune system
  12. Failures of host defense mechanism
  13. Allergy and Hypersensitivity
  14. Autoimmunity and Transplantation
  15. Manipulation of the immune response
Course Type: 
Report 50%; Final exam 50%
Text Book: 
    Reference Book: 
    • Immunobiology 9th edition, by Kenneth Murphy (2016) Garland Science
    Prior Knowledge: