Immunobiology Course

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The immunobiology course starts on tuesday 23 April 2019. The course book is Parham's The Immune System (4th edition).


The immune system comprises innate and acquired defense mechanisms against (pathogenic) microorganisms. Immunology has traditionally been a qualitative science describing the cellular and molecular components of the immune system and their functions. In the last twenty years this traditional approach is being replaced by a systems biology approach, where theoretical studies helps to interpret experimental data, to resolve controversies, and --most importantly-- to suggest novel experiments allowing for more conclusive and more quantitative interpretations. This course is planned to give an overview of wet and theoretical immunological research. We aim to:

  • provide insight into the function of the immune system in health and disease
  • give an introduction to the use of mathematical models and bioinformatics in immunological research.


Active participation in the computer assignments required. Please keep a lab-book during the computer exercises (choose a format you are comfortable with, google documents, word, power point). To be able to pass this course you need to submit the lab-book on the day of the exam. If you did all the computer exercises together in a group, then you can submit one labjournal for your group. Please indicate all names. The deadline for delivering the lab-book is the same day as the final exam.

The final grade of the course is calculated as explained in the Black Board side of the course.