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The immune system is an integral part of virtually every organ system of the body including the neuronal, digestive, cardiovascular and endocrine, to name just a few. Moreover, while the immune system is fundamental to our ability to fend off infectious pathogens, it is intimately involved in a variety of diseases that plague the modern world including all cancers, behavioral diseases, and autoimmunity. Studies in immunology have led revolutionary discoveries that have fundamentally transformed human health, such as protection from deadly pathogens through vaccination and reversal of cancers through immune-based therapies. Thus, an understanding of basic immunological concepts is broadly applicable in multiple disease settings. Furthermore, the immune system provides an effective platform for understanding fundamental concepts of cellular and molecular biology, including events controlling cellular development, differentiation and function, DNA recombination and repair, and cell signaling. This course was designed to introduce basic immunology while integrating and helping to solidify cell biology, genetic and molecular biology concepts. This course will allow you to address questions such as: How does the immune system detect and respond to microbes? How does immunity elicit protection from microbes? Why doesn’t the immune system react to self tissue? How do cells of the immune system differentiate and make fate decisions in response to external stimuli? What are the mechanisms used by the immune system to recognize such a diversity of microbes? How is the immune system used to fight cancer? Why don’t we generally get sick twice with the same pathogen? Undergraduate exposure to basic principles of cell biology, genetics, and molecular biology will improve understanding of this course.