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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Medical Microbiology and Immunology
    Subject Microbiology
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,448.79
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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.


    Teaching staff

    Associate Professor Matloob Husain

    Other Lecturers: Other Microbiology and Immunology Academic Staff.

    Paper Structure

    Tutorial-only format. Four 3-week modules.
    In 2023 modules reviewed the latest developments in:

    • The role of immunology in severe malaria pathogenesis
    • Antiviral host factors and research tools to identify them
    • Innate Immunological Memory
    • Chimeric antigen receptors in the treatment of cancers
    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.

    Course outline

    View course outline for MICR 464

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • 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


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
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