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Contagion: Infectious Agents & Diseases (Session 1)

Program(s): Immersion

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*  Zika, Ebola, HIV, SARS…in our increasingly globalized and mobile world, infectious diseases can emerge and spread faster than ever before, making epidemics, even pandemics, a real possibility.  That, together with increasing antibiotic resistance, makes understanding where these threats come from and how we can control their spread one of the most urgent issues of our time.  In this three-week course, students will learn about the origin, biology, and evolution of some of the most feared viruses, such as Ebola, HIV, and Influenza, and lethal bacteria such as E. coli.We will explore the nature of emerging diseases and will use particular examples to discover how we can predict and control their spread.  Our dependence on microbes from an evolutionary point of view will also be discussed.  Students will have access to the state-of-the-art laboratory facilities at the University of Chicago for hands-on activities such as PCR, CRISPR, DNA sequencing, DNA sequence analysis, viral culture and antibody studies all applied to the study of infections and immunity (and will not be exposed to dangerous materials).

Course Considerations

Students must have a strong performance in at least one year of high school biology to be successful in the course. 

Discussion Intensive

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade

Program

Immersion

Start Date

June 22

End Date

July 09

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Beatrice Fineschi

Secondary Instructor

Academic Interest

Biological Sciences
Human Body

Class Specifics

Course Code

BIOS 15105 95

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration

9:00

3:00 PM

Session

Session I

Course Length

3 weeks