Immunology

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MSc Coordinators of the Master in Immunology

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Becher (becher * immunology.uzh.ch)

Prof. Dr. Christian Münz (muenzc * immunology.uzh.ch)

Study Coordinator 

Dr. Karin Isler (studienkoordination * biol.uzh.ch)

 

OVERVIEW

The immune system is a complex network of cells, organs and tissues, dedicated to the defence of the host against pathogens, such as viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. The initial evolutionary function of immunity was to protect the host from pathogenic insults. The mammalian immune system is also involved in the fight against endogenous threats such as cancer and aids wound healing and tissue repair. The complexity of the immune system however is not fail-safe and erroneous self-attacks leading to autoimmune diseases are common. The vast majority of human diseases involve the integrated functions of our immune system and immunology is no longer a field which only studies host-pathogen interactions, but evolved into a central pillar of life science research. Immunologists study the role of individual cellular and humoral members of the immune system and their interplay during an immune response. In the Master's program in Immunology, students obtain detailed insight into state-of-the-art immunological methods combined with insights into fundamental questions of how the immune system works.

 

MASTER'S DEGREE COURSE

The central element of this program is a 4 week practical block course in immunology (BIO 430). The student learns how to analyse and isolate human blood cells and leukocytes from murine lymphoid tissues and studies their interactions in vitro and in vivo. The student will learn basic immunological technologies such a multiparameter flow cytometry, cytotoxicity and proliferation assays and the use of molecular analysis technologies. In research projects, students get to know the different research groups and the genetic methods they use. The students expand on this knowledge in additional, freely selectable modules (lectures and courses on subjects including cancer, microbiology, virology, autoimmunity). In their Master's thesis, students experimentally investigate a biological or medical question in one of the research groups involved in this Master's program. The student develops a solid foundation leading to a mechanistic understanding of immunity at the cellular and molecular level but also in animals and humans.

 

GUIDELINES

Compulsory courses

BIO 338 00 ECTS Introduction to Scientific Writing (one day in September or February). The module should be taken before writing the Master’s Thesis.
BIO 430 06 ECTS Immunology (block course)
BIO 520 10 ECTS Integrated Knowledge in Biology
BIO 631 00 ECTS Current Immunological Research in Zürich (monthly seminar series)
BIO 632 01 ECTS Introductory Course in Flow Cytometry (4 days)
ETHZ 03 ECTS Immunology I (concept course ETHZ 551-0317-00L)
ETHZ 03 ECTS Immunology II (concept course ETHZ_551-0318-00L)

Recommended courses

BIO 251 03 ECTS Cancer and the Immune System
BIO 372 06 ECTS Virology: Pathogenesis and Control of Human Viruses
BIO 412 02 ECTS Introductory Course in Laboratory Animal Science (LTK Module)
BIO 431 06 ECTS Cell Death, Inflammation and Immunity (block course)
BIO 439 06 ECTS Current Topics in Immunology (block course)
BIO 615 03 ECTS Virology: Principles of Molecular Biology, Pathogenesis, and Control of Human Viruses
BIO 636 02 ECTS Cutting Edge Topics: Immunology and Infection Biology
ETHZ 04 ECTS Infectious Agents: From Molecular Biology to Disease ETHZ 551-1100-00L
ETHZ 04 ECTS Immunology III ETHZ_551-0223-00L



Master’s thesis in Immunology: BIO 515.

 

RESEARCH GROUPS LEADERS FOR MASTER THESES

Prof. Dr. Akdis Cezmi
Prof. Dr. Becher Burkhard
Prof. Dr. Boyman Onur
Prof. Dr. Greter Melanie
Prof. Dr. Joller Nicole
Prof. Dr. LeibundGut Salomé
Prof. Dr. Müller Anne
Prof. Dr. Münz Christian
Prof. Dr. Speck Roberto
Dr.  Tobias Suter
Prof. Dr. Van den Broek Maries
Prof. Dr. Wong Lynn