Seminar in Molecular Pathology and Immunology:

2 credits - Fall Semester 1
Course Director - Joseph Nickels, Ph.D.

All students are required to attend the Medical Diagnostic Laboratories (MDL) and HUMIGEN Basic Research Seminar and Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series during their first semester. The Basic Research Seminar series is a weekly meeting that includes the presentation and discussion of scientific data from individual members of MDL’s basic research groups. These seminars will serve two functions: the critical analysis and proper planning of experiments and the opportunity to become familiarized with the various research projects and multiple scientific disciplines offered within MDL. This exposure will aid the students in their selection of laboratory rotations during the current semester. Held on a monthly basis, the Distinguished Seminar Series provides students the unique opportunity to learn about various scientific disciplines from invited speakers who are experts in their fields. Both seminar series are held on MDL’s campus. Within this course students are expected to participate in the scientific discussion and are invited to ask questions of the presenters and are required to submit written summaries, supplemented with information and references from relevant published articles, of each presentation.

Course Outline (Basic Research Seminar):

Summer Semester
Week Topic
1

Introduction. How to find background literature. Format of the Basic Research Seminars.

2 - 12

Research,  attend and participate in the Basic Research Seminars

13

Prepare written summaries of each Basic Research Seminar (one page each)

Course Outline (Distinguished Lecture Series):

Summer Semester
Week Topic
1

Introduction to the Distinguished Lecturers

2 - 12

Research, attend and participate in the Distinguished Lectures

13

Prepare written summaries of each Distinguished Lecture (three pages each)

Grading:
Students are expected to attend and participate in all seminars. Grades will be based on participation and written reports, as follows:
Participation   20%

Basic Research Seminar summaries

30%

Distinguished Lecture summaries

40%
Attendance 10%