Microbial Pathogenicity (MIU44003)

This module is part of the core curriculum.

Name  Details 
Module Name  MIU44003 - Microbial Pathogenicity
Module Credit Value  10 Credits 
Module Coordinator  Dr. Sinead Corr 

Dr. Carsten Kroger

Dr. Kim Roberts

Dr. Sinead Corr

Dr. Marta Martins

Dr. Siobhan O'Brien

Dr. Derek Doherty, Immunology

Dr. Derek Sullivan, Dental Science, Clinical Microbiology

Clinical Microbiology

Contact Hours 

30 lectures 

Recommended Reading List for self-guided study 

Students will be provided with primary research articles and scientific reviews on specialised research topics for self-guided study. 


Short Content Overview

This module builds on the core concepts of bacterial and eukaryotic microbial pathogenicity studied in the Junior Sophister year and introduces students to "up to the minute" developments in research in this area. Lecture topics include microbial interaction with the host, the role of the bacterial surface and secretion in pathogenicity, the pathogenesis of Gram-positive, Gram-negative bacteria and eukaryotic microbes and immune responses to microbial infections, the human microbiome and health, therapeutic approaches to combat infectious disease.

Students in their fourth year have an opportunity to explore, in detail, the major areas of Microbiology under the themes of (a) Molecular and Cellular Biology, and (b) Microbial Pathogenicity. The themes are covered in two Core Modules: MIU44002, and MIU44003. Lectures in the core themes are compulsory for all students. Each 10 ECTS module requires lecture attendance by students, self-directed study guided by recommended reading material and further reading beyond the course.