Fundamentals of Immunology Specialization


This specialization is designed to equip students with the basic concepts and vocabulary of immunology. The goal is to provide students from different backgrounds with a fundamental understanding of immunology and the ability to appreciate and analyze new developments in immunological therapies designed for the treatment of disease.

You will learn:

  • The basics of innate immunity, including complement, and its role in inflammation and activation of adaptive immunity.
  • The development of B cells and the production and improvement of antibodies.
  • The development of Th cells and their roles in promoting both immune responses and tolerance.
  • The role of the Major Histocompatibility Proteins in alerting T cells and their role in the success of organ and tissue transplants.
  • The mechanisms whereby cytotoxic T cells and natural kill cells recognize rogue-self cells and prod them into apoptosis.
  • The principles of chemical communication among immune cells.
  • Some example of how the immune system can cause problems and how we deal with these issues.


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