Education and Training

The iMicro faculty offer students the following courses, all through the mini-course format in the Spring quarter. Minicourses are offered in the spring quarter of the first year as a collaborative effort with all of the PhD programs. These courses are typically two to three weeks in length and are more focused on a narrow topic with in-depth review of primary literature in a discussion group setting.

BMS270:  This course is composed of one to two mini-course modules, which include, Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis and Special Topics in Microbial Pathogenesis.  Depending on student interest and enrollment, either or both modules are offered as part of the spring mini-course series.  Each session starts with a 20 minute “state of the art” overview of the topic by a UCSF faculty expert.  This is followed by a faculty-led discussion of one relevant paper in which the students present and critically discuss the paper.  Papers range from classic papers to the most recent cutting-edge research.  The course is open to all graduate students, but first year and iMicro-affiliated students have priority. 

MICROBIOL211: The iMicro weekly seminar series is available as a course offering for graduate students. 

In addition, iMicro faculty participate in a broad range of other spring mini-courses. Recent topics and course offerings include the microbiome, metagenomics, and the COVID-19 pandemic….

Check here for a full list of mini-courses.