Required and Offered Courses: Pathogenic Bacteriology (MICR 6315)

Summer 2018

Course Directors

Alfredo Torres, PhD | MRB, Room 4.142G | Ext. 70189

Vladimir Motin, PhD Keiller, Room 3.148 Ext. 23155

Course Coordinator

Aneth Zertuche MRB, Room 4.102 Ext. 22322


Recommended: Bacterial Pathogenesis, A Molecular Approach, 3rd Edition. Brenda A. Wilson, Abigail A. Salyers, Dixie D. Whitt, Malcolm E. Winkler. ASM Press, 2010. Available for rental at Amazon.

Helpful Web Resources

Download this free eBook collection of Journal of Bacteriology mini-reviews, Bacterial Pathogenesis and Interactions with the Host, at

American Society for Microbiology (ASM):

ASM Resource Library:

Course Format

Three one-hour lectures per week, four Journal Clubs spread throughout the semester, and critical thinking classes (5% of grade)


8:30 - 9:30 AM, Monday, Wednesday and Friday (MRB 4.145)

Exam I

June 4, 9:00 - 12:00, GNL 1.100

Exam II

July 2, 9:00 - 12:00, MRB 4.145

Final Exam

August 8, 9:00 - 12:00, MRB 4.145

Exam Policies

There are no make-up examinations. All examinations are in class, closed book/notes. Examinations are three hours.

Any appeals for grading changes regarding exam questions should be directed to the lecturer who wrote/graded the exam question within five (5) days after the return of the graded assessment to the student. Lecturers must report any grade changes to the co-directors.

Grading Structure

The final grade for the course will be determined by performance in the following components:

  1. Exams I, II and II: 90%
  2. Critical Thinking: 5%
  3. Journal Club Participation: 5%
  4. Completion of Evaluation Forms*

Grading may be subject to change at the discretion of the course co-directors. Grades will be determined using the GSBS grading scale:

90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
69 or below = F

* Students are required to complete one evaluation form for each faculty member teaching one or more lectures as part of their overall course grade. Typically, your constructive comments are requested in exchange for your graded exams. The critiques will remain anonymous and will be released to faculty members after all grades are finalized.

Excused Absences

Students can be excused from the lectures without penalty to their grade if an excused letter is obtained from either one of the co-directors in advance. However, students receive points for Journal Club and Critical Thinking discussions, and absences will affect the number of points you receive for those activities.

Professional Etiquette

Please come to class prepared, ready to participate, and on time. Class begins promptly at 8:30 AM and students will not be allowed to enter the room once the lecture has begun. To ensure an environment for constructive academic dialogue, the use of electronic devices (e.g., laptops, cell phones) is not allowed during class time.


Refer to Blackboard to obtain articles and presentations:


Class Schedule

104-30 (M)8:30-9:30Organizational MeetingTorres/Motin
 05-02 (W)8:30-9:30Gene expression and regulation of virulence genesTorres
 05-04 (F)8:30-9:30Clostridium difficile Dann
205-07 (M)8:30-9:30Bacterial Strategies for Encoding the Defense SystemChopra
 05-09 (W)8:30-9:30TBA (all day Ethics course)TBA
 05-11 (F)8:30-9:30Critical ThinkingDann
305-14 (M)8:30-9:30Antibiotics and antimicrobials against bacterial diseaseGagnon
 05-16 (W)8:30-9:30E. coli-diarrheagenicTorres
 05-18 (F)8:30-9:30FrancisellaEaves-Pyles
405-21 (M)8:30-9:30SalmonellaEaves-Pyles
 05-23 (W)8:30-9:30VibrioPeterson
 05-25 (F)8:30-9:30Pseudomonas aeruginosaMotin
 05-30 (W)8:30-9:30Polymicrobial InfectionsEndsley
 06-01 (F)8:30-9:30Host Immunity to Bacterial Pathogens Reyes
606-04 (M)9:00-12:00EXAM I (Proctor: Dr. Motin)EXAM I
 06-06 (W)8:30-9:30Bacterial Effector molecules (Endo, exotoxins)Massey
 06-08 (F)8:30-9:30Bacillus anthracisLawrence
706-11 (M)8:30-9:30Microbiome: homeostasis vs. dysbiosisCong
 06-13 (W)8:30-9:30Critical Thinking Endsley
 06-15 (F)8:30-9:30Bordetella pertussisChopra
806-18 (M)8:30-9:30E. coli-extra-intestinalTorres
 06-20 (W)8:30-9:30Molecular Approaches to Diagnosis and Characterization of Bacterial InfectionsOlano
 06-22 (F)8:30-9:30ShigellaAllen
906-25 (M)8:30-9:30Legionella and HaemophilusChopra
 06-27 (W)8:30-9:30Journal Club 1Chopra
 06-29 (F)8:30-9:30Streptococcus & EnterococciNiesel
1007-02 (M)9:00-12:00EXAM II (Proctor: Dr. Torres)EXAM II
 07-04 (W)8:30-9:30Independence Day HolidayHOLIDAY
 07-06 (F)8:30-9:30MycobacteriumEndsley
1107-09 (M)8:30-9:30RickettsiaBouyer
 07-11 (W)8:30-9:30H. pyloriReyes
 07-13 (F)8:30-9:30Journal Club 2Reyes
1207-16 (M)8:30-9:30Listeria monocytogenesEaves-Pyles
 07-18 (W)8:30-9:30Mycoplasma genitaliumPyles
 07-20 (F)8:30-9:30Yersinia pestisMotin
1307-23 (M)8:30-9:30Journal Club 3Motin
 07-25 (W)8:30-9:30Burkholderia Torres
 07-27 (F)8:30-9:30OrientiaSoong
1407-30 (M)8:30-9:30EhrlichiaMcBride
 08-01 (W)8:30-9:30Journal Club 4Gagnon
 08-03 (F)8:30-9:30Critical ThinkingMcBride
1508-06 (M)8:30-9:30Journal Club 5Pyles
 08-08 (W)9:00-12:00FINAL EXAM (Proctor: Dr. Torres)FINAL EXAM
 08-10 (F)8:30-9:30TBATBA

Last class day: August 10
Grades due to Enrollment Services: August 17

Last revised: April 5, 2018