Required Course: Offered in Spring and Fall Semesters

MICR 6195 Current Topics in Infectious Diseases and Immunity

Course Description

Fall & Spring
Time: Monday 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Location: Levin Hall 3.320

Must have declared Microbiology & Immunology (M&I) as their graduate program

Course Description:

Seminar course intended to familiarize students with current research in the areas of infectious diseases and immunology. Students attend weekly seminars in the Infectious Diseases and Immunity Colloquium. Students may substitute some seminars in the series with presentations from the monthly Immunology Research in Progress series. Students are required to enroll during the first two years in the program. Each student will be assigned a session per term to lead class by discussing an assigned topic relevant to a journal club article. Students will also participate in small group discussions and prepare essays.


Grading will be based on attendance (30%), preparation and discussion leadership (20%), and reflective essays or review essay (50%).

The final course letter grade will be determined using the GSBS grading scale:

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

Grade Appeals:

*Any appeals for grading changes must be submitted to the instructors responsible for the writing and grading of the question within 5 business days after the student has been notified to pick up the graded assessment.  The instructors must report any grade changes to the course directors.

Course Evaluation

According to the Texas Education Code, to preserve the anonymity of evaluations classes with fewer than five students will not require course evaluations. In a desire to continue to correct issues or recognize outstanding professors, we encourage students in these small classes to reach out to the course director, or program director, to discuss any comments they have regarding the course. Additionally, the GSO nominates outstanding professors for recognition each year, and we encourage students to reach out to their GSO representatives to put forward names of any outstanding educators

Excused Absences:

The GSBS policy states that students taking a full-term graduate course offering are allowed up to three (3) excused absences from any required activity and is determined at the discretion of the course directors. If the course is offered as an 8-week course, only two (2) absences are permitted. If a student is absent during a session that contributes to the final grade (for example, during a quiz), it will be up to the Course Directors to determine if the student can perform a ‘make-up’ activity, provided that the reason for the absence is a legitimate one. Once a student exceeds and misses more than allowed for the length of the course, the course directors must notify the GSBS Student Affairs Dean, who will then contact the appropriate Program Director.


As part of your grade, there is a 15% deduction in grade for any assignment turned in late. Professional etiquette should also be practiced. Courtesy should be extended to both the lecturers and students to ensure an optimal learning atmosphere such as treating others with respect, tardiness, responding to email, in class behavior, etc. Please come to class prepared, ready to participate, and on time.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

All work submitted in this course is to be done entirely by students. This includes all process work, drafts, and final works, whether in group or individual work. The following are violations of academic honesty: using generative AI tools such as ChatGPT,,, having other people or entities do any portion of a graded assignment, whether for hire or not.

Course Co-Directors:


Laura Dickson, PhD
Keiller Building, 3.118B

Sunhee Lee, PhD
Medical Research Building 3.142A


MinKyung Yi, PhD
Medical Research Building 4.142

Course Coordinator:
Aneth Zertuche x22322 - MRB 4.102
4.102 Medical Research Building
Route 1019