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MICR464 Medical Microbiology and Immunology

The immune response is important in protecting the host from infection and cancer. This paper will analyse the interaction between the host immune system, microorganisms, and neoplasia. In particular it will examine the challenge faced by the host, the host's response to infection and cancer, and how we can harness the power of the immune response for treatment and prevention of infectious diseases and cancer.

Paper title Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Paper code MICR464
Subject Microbiology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,333.93
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,318.60

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Students who are interested in this paper but are not majoring in Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry or Molecular Biotechnology are invited to discuss course content with the department.


Appropriate for BSc(Hons), MSc and PGDipSci students majoring in Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry or Molecular Biotechnology.

Dr James Ussher:
Teaching staff

Convenor: Dr James Ussher
Other Lecturers: Associate Professors Bruce Russell, Alexander McLellan, Joanna Kirman and Roslyn Kemp

Paper Structure

Recent literature will be reviewed in a tutorial format.
In 2019 modules reviewed the latest developments in:

  • Vaccines for malaria
  • T cell exhaustion and activation
  • Designing new chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell strategies to destroy cancer
  • Innate lymphoid cells
  • Innate-like T cells
Teaching Arrangements
There is one tutorial each week for 2.5 hours. Students will be expected to present and discuss recent scientific papers.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Course readings are reviews and original papers from the literature. Links to papers will be placed on Blackboard.

Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of topical issues in medical microbiology and immunology
  • Develop skills in critically evaluating the scientific literature and in experimental design

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 10-12, 18-22