Spring 2012

Seminar in Disease Biology

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-410

Formerly listed as: BIOL-44

Moodle site: Course


Michael E. Hood (Section 01)
Elsa L. Petit (Section 01)


The majority of organisms on earth cause disease or are parasitic, and it could be said that a thorough understanding of biology should necessarily involve the study of infectious disease. Yet only within the past two decades has there been a realization that diseases may regulate populations, stabilize ecosystems, and be responsible for major biological features such as reproductive systems or genomic structures. Disease is of course responsible for large amounts of human misery and death, and it is all the more remarkable that our understanding of disease as an ecological and evolutionary force is in its infancy. In this course we will discuss our historical and current understandings of infectious disease biology. We will include studies of human, animal, and plant diseases, as well as their impacts on wild and domestic populations. Three classroom hours per week.

Requisite: BIOL 230 or 321 or permission from the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Spring semester.  Postdoctoral Fellow Petit and Professor Hood. 

If Overenrolled: Preference to seniors who have satisfied prerequisites.


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013