The objective of this course is to help the student learn molecular virology by general principles as opposed to describing each virus family. The rules for viral replication that all viruses follow are illustrated and discussed: while pointing out to the specific features of each virus, the course aims to reveal unity in the virus world rather than diversity. Host-pathogen interactions and examples of viral diseases will be discussed, with particular emphasis on the main principles of vaccine and antiviral drug development.
Expected learning outcomes
After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to: - Describe the diversity of virus structures and the various molecular strategies viruses use to infect and replicate in the host cell; - Explain the molecular details of the life cycle of selected pathogenic virus and identify the implications for human disease; - Comprehend the nature of the antiviral immune response; - Understand the mechanism of action of antiviral vaccines and drugs; - Describe the biotechnological importance of viruses, in particular their usage in gene therapy; - Read, analyse and critically evaluate scientific papers in the field of virology.
Lesson period: First semester
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