Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation
This Learning Track focuses on the role of viral and bacterial organisms in, as well as how the immune system contributes to, health and disease. Courses cover basic concepts in microbiology and immunology, and expand to exploring the role of a wide range of microbes in health and disease, as well as the role of the immune system in combating infections and in diseases if non-infectious etiology. An overarching focus on this Learning Track in the role of human microbiome in health and disease.
This track requires students to take a total of 8 courses; 7 Required and 1 Additional
Track Coordinator: Dr. Nancy Martin
All of these courses must be taken for this track to be completed
PHAR 100, Introductory Pharmacology is designed as a general interest course that introduces the subjects of pharmacology and toxicology, with emphasis on common drugs used and abused by society. No prior knowledge of physiology is required to understand the drug action described in this course.
Prerequisites: None (4U Biology recommended)
Instructors: Dr. Jeanne Mulder, Dr. William Racz
GLPH 271, Global and Population Health emphasizes population health instead of the health of individuals. This course was previously BMED 271 Global and Population Health.
Prerequisites: Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing or permission of the instructor
Instructor: Dr. Jenn Carpenter
BCHM 270 Biochemical Basis of Health and Disease introduces general biochemical concepts that will help you to understand the biological and chemical principles underlying human physiology, health and disease.
Prerequisites: Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing , 4U Biology recommended, and (PHGY 170/3.0) or (BIOL 102/3.0), or permission of the instructor.
Instructors: Dr. Laura van Staalduinen, Dr. Cynthia Pruss
MICR 270, Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation is designed for students from various biological sciences and allied health backgrounds and is recommended as a foundation course for students pursuing a career in health sciences. This course focuses on the biology of the immune system in combating infections caused by common pathogens as well as major global infectious disease threats.
Prerequisites: Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing + 4U Biology recommended and (PHGY 170/3.0) or (BIOL 102/3.0) or (MICR 121/3.0) orpermission of the instructor.
Instructor: Dr. Prameet Sheth
MICR 271, Introduction to Microbiology provides an introduction to the biology of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes, including pathogenic and beneficial bacteria, viruses, fungi, helminthes, and protozoa. An overview of the biological features of these mircoorganisms and their component parts will highlight their roles in public health and environment.
Prerequisites: Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing and of one (PHGY 170/3.0 or BIOL 102/3.0) or equivalent courses with permission of the instructor.
Instructor: Dr. Nancy Martin
MICR 386, Fundamentals of Immunology in Health and Disease is designed to integrate the key principles of immunology to facilitate learning of immunology as it relates to human health and disease.
Prerequisites: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and one of (BCHM 218/3.0 or BCHM 270/3.0) and one of (MICR 270/3.0 or MICR 271/3.0) or equivalent courses with permission of the instructor.
Instructor: Dr. Myron Szewczuk
MICR 320, Microbes in Health and Disease examines the ongoing interplay between microbes and humans, focusing on the roles of microbes in health and disease.
Prerequisites: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and one of (MICR 271/3.0; MICR 221/3.0) and one of (MICR 360/3.0; BMED 386/3.0) or permission of the instructor.
Instructor: Dr. Nancy Martin
Students must take at least ONE (1) of the following courses to complete this track
CANC 380, Evolutionary Biology of Cancer is designed to introduce students from various biological sciences and allied health backgrounds to cancer as an evolutionary problem.
Prerequisites: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and one of (MICR 270/3.0 OR MICR 360/3.0) and one of (BCHM 270/3.0 OR BCHM 218/3.0) or equivalent courses with permission from the instructor.
Instructor: Dr. Charles Graham
BMED 390, Integrative Laboratory Studies is a two-week intensive multidisciplinary laboratory course conducted in-person on the Queen’s University campus in Kingston, Ontario. Students will learn a number of different laboratory techniques, developing skills in scientific methodology, data acquisition, and interpretation.
Prerequisites: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and (one of ANAT 100/3.0 OR ANAT 101/3.0), and (one of PHGY 210/6.0 OR PHGY 214/6.0 OR [PHGY 215/3.0 and PHGY 216/3.0]), and (one of MICR 270/3.0 OR MICR 271/3.0 OR MICR 221/3.0), and (one of PHAR 230/3.0 OR PHAR 270/3.0 OR PHAR 340/3.0), and (one of BCHM 270/3.0 OR BCHM 218/3.0), or equivalent courses with permission from the instructor.
BMED 483, Advanced Topics in Infectious Disease examines basic principles of infectious diseases. Selected infectious disease syndromes will be examined to explore unique host microbe interactions.
Prerequisites: Minimum 4th year (Level 4) standing and one of (MICR 270/3.0 OR MICR 271/3.0 OR MICR 221/3.0), and one of (MICR 382/3.0 OR MICR 320/3.0), and one of (BMED 386/3.0 or MICR 360/3.0), or equivalent courses with permission from the instructor.
Instructor: Dr. Prameet Sheth
MICR 290, Antibiotic Resistance Lab : This immersive laboratory course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop basic research skills, learning about important microbiological and biochemical research techniques and applying them to the study of antibiotic resistance.
Corequisites:Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing, registration in a Health Sciences, Life Sciences, or Biochemistry degree plan, and one of (MICR 270/3.0; MICR 271/3.0).
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Lohans