Fundamentals of Immunology: T Cells and Signaling

  • Course StartSelf-paced
  • Course Duration7 weeks
  • Workload5-8 hours per week
  • Credit OfferedCertificate Available
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Learn the difference between adaptive and innate immune systems, the characteristics of various pathogens that they protect you from, and the overall strategies employed in this protection.

Course Description

Course 2 of the three course Fundamentals of Immunology Specialization. Each course in the specialization presents material that builds on the previous course’s material.

Fundamentals of Immunology: T cells and Signaling builds on the first course to describe the functions of Complement, MHC presentation to T cells, T cell development and signaling. The early lectures survey cells, tissues and organs using metaphors, cartoons and models to improve understanding and retention. This course includes the structure of both MHC proteins and T cell receptors and the sources of variation. The course provides animations of gene rearrangement, developmental processes and signal cascades. Testing employs multiple choice questions testing facts, concepts, and application of principles. Questions may refer to diagrams, drawing and photographs used in lecture and reproduced in the outline.

What You’ll Learn:

How complement uses adaptive and innate triggers to target pathogens. The detailed structure and coding of MHC proteins and both alpha-beta and gamma delta receptors and how these proteins interact to initiate an adaptive immune response. The basics of signaling, and the varieties of external receipt and internal activation pathways. We bine the process of putting together how signals and crosstalk control the activity of the immune system.

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Dr. Alma Moon Novotny

Alma Novotny earned her PhD from Purdue University in Developmental Biology under the direction of Michael Forman.  She has taught college courses for over forty years in plant and animal sciences, genetics and introductory, cell and developmental biology.  She has also written test question banks and contributed questions to both the MCAT and the GRE […]

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