Immunobiology Course

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The immunobiology course starts on monday 20 April 2020. The course book is Parham's The Immune System (4th edition).


The immune system comprises innate and acquired defense mechanisms against (pathogenic) microorganisms. Immunology has traditionally been a qualitative science describing the cellular and molecular components of the immune system and their functions. In the last twenty years this traditional approach is being replaced by a systems biology approach, where theoretical studies helps to interpret experimental data, to resolve controversies, and --most importantly-- to suggest novel experiments allowing for more conclusive and more quantitative interpretations. This course is planned to give an overview of wet and theoretical immunological research. We aim to:

  • provide insight into the function of the immune system in health and disease
  • give an introduction to the use of mathematical models and bioinformatics in immunological research.