Required Course: Offered in Spring and Fall Semesters

MICR 6195 Current Topics in Infectious Diseases and Immunity

Course Description

Fall & Spring
Time: Monday 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Location: Levin Hall 3.320

Must have declared Microbiology & Immunology (M&I) as their graduate program

Course Co-Directors:

Mark Ensley, PhD
Medical Research Building
Route 1070
Phone: (409) 772-0059

Sunhee Lee, PhD
Medical Research Building 3.142A
Route 1070
Phone: (409) 772-5813

MinKyung Yi, PhD
Medical Research Building 4.142
Route 1019
Phone: (409) 772-2338

Course Coordinator:
Aneth Zertuche x22322 - MRB 4.102
4.102 Medical Research Building
Route 1019

Course Description:

Seminar course intended to familiarize students with current research in the areas of infectious diseases and immunology. Students attend weekly seminars in the Infectious Diseases and Immunity Colloquium. Students may substitute some seminars in the series with presentations from the monthly Immunology Research in Progress series. Students are required to enroll during the first two years in the program. Each student will be assigned a session per term to lead class by discussing an assigned topic relevant to a journal club article. Students will also participate in small group discussions and prepare essays.


Grading will be based on attendance (30%), preparation and discussion leadership (20%), and reflective essays or review essay (50%).

The final course letter grade will be determined using the GSBS grading scale:

  • 90-100 = A
  • 80-89 = B
  • 70-79 = C
  • 69 or below = F

*Students are strongly encouraged to complete an overall course evaluation form at the end of the term. The constructive comments and critiques will remain anonymous and will be released to the course directors after all the grades are finalized.

Grade Appeals:

Any appeals for grading changes must be submitted to the instructors responsible for the writing and grading of the question within 5 business days after the student has been notified to pick up the graded assessment.  The instructors must report any grade changes to the course directors.

Excused Absences:

The GSBS policy states that students taking a full-term graduate course offering are allowed up to three (3) excused absences from any required activity and is determined at the discretion of the course directors. If the course is offered as an 8-week course, only two (2) absences are permitted. If a student is absent during a session that contributes to the final grade (for example, during a quiz), it will be up to the Course Directors to determine if the student can perform a ‘make-up’ activity, provided that the reason for the absence is a legitimate one. Once a student exceeds and misses more than allowed for the length of the course, the course directors must notify the GSBS Student Affairs Dean, who will then contact the appropriate Program Director.


As part of your grade, there is a 15% deduction in grade for any assignment turned in late. Professional etiquette should also be practiced. Courtesy should be extended to both the lecturers and students to ensure an optimal learning atmosphere such as treating others with respect, tardiness, responding to email, in class behavior, etc. Please come to class prepared, ready to participate, and on time.