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IMUN 601 Molecular Immunology

Class:  Tuesdays, 9am, Stellar Chance 204

Course Director:
Jordan Orange
Phone:  267-426-5622
E-mail:  orange@mail.med.upenn.edu

Faculty:

Theme I:            MEMBRANES AND SECRETION
Jordan Orange
CHOP Abramson 1016H
Phone:  267-426-5622
E-mail:  orange@mail.med.upenn.edu

Theme II:           QUALITY CONTROL
Mike May
200E VET, Old Vet Building
Phone:  215-573-0940
E-mail: maym@vet.upenn.edu

Theme III:          PROTEIN TRAFFICKING AND COMPARTMENTATION

Yair Argon
816A Abramson
Phone: 267-426-5231
E-mail: yargon@mail.med.upenn.edu

Theme IV:         ION CHANNELS AND Ca2+ SIGNALLING
Bruce Freedman
389E VET, Old Vet Building
Phone:  215-573-8218
E-mail:  bruce@vet.upenn.edu

Theme V:          CYTOSKELETON
Jan Burkhardt
816D Abramson
Phone:  267-426-5410
E-mail:  jburkhar@mail.med.upenn.edu

Theme VI:         SIGNALLING
Mike May
200E VET, Old Vet Building
Phone:  215-573-0940
E-mail: maym@vet.upenn.edu

The purpose of this course is to provide immunological examples for the material that you are learning in BIOM 600.

The course format will be as follows.

We will have a weekly meeting at which a single immunology-oriented article relevant to BIOM 600 will be considered.  One student will give a 10-15 minute overview of the concepts being studied with special attention to how it relates to what you are learining in BIOM 600.  Powerpoint presentations are not allowed.  Chalk talk format is encouraged although a can be provided if absolutely necessary.  The schedule for which students are responsible for which articles will be determined at the first class meeting.

After the introduction we will go around the room randomly and each participant will present one figure from the paper.  The discussion should cover:

1) What the authors are trying to say with the figure

2) What technique they are using to make their point

3) What the data show

4) How the authors interpret these data

5) What alternative explanations exist if any

6) How the conclusion drawn from the figure relates to material under consideration in BIOM 600.

The student in charge of the overview will also be in charge of assisting their colleagues who might have difficulty with the figure they are presenting.

On blackboard you will find copies of the course schedule as well as pdf files for the individual papers we will be considering. The course schedule contains contact information for all course faculty. Please feel free to contact faculty to discuss your 10-15 minute overview before your scheduled date.

Grades for this course will be determined by

1) The quality of your 10-15 minute overview

2) The quality of your presentations of figures that you were selected to explain

3) Your overall level of participation

4) Your attendance