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Institute of Parasitology is involved in teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Courses for which Institute staff are responsible are listed below although we also participate in many other courses offered by McGill.

Undergraduate courses

LSCI 211

3 credits
Biochemistry 1.

Life Sciences: Biochemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids; enzymes and coenzymes. Introduction to intermediary metabolism.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Co-requisite: FDSC 230
  • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken FDSC 211
  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • Reza Salavati, Armando Jardim, Elias Georges
    • Armando Jardim, Elias Georges, Reza Salavati


LSCI 202

3 credits
Molecular Cell Biology.

Life Sciences: Organization and function of intracellular organelles in eukaryotic cells. Mechanisms of membrane transport. Protein sorting and vesicular transport. Cytoskeleton. DNA and chromosome structure. DNA replication. Mechanisms of RNA and protein synthesis. Control of gene expression. Cell cycle and the control of cell division. Mechanisms of cell communication and signal transduction. Apoptosis. Neuronal signaling.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Prerequisites: LSCI 211 and FDSC 230 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
  • Terms
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • A Paula Ribeiro, A Paula Ribeiro, Jacqueline C Bede


BINF 301

3 credits
Introduction to Bioinformatics.

Bioinformatics: Introduces analysis of DNA, RNA and protein sequences using computer software. Emphasis on implementation of molecular evolution theory for algorithms to make predictions of sequence function and infer the evolutionary history of sequences. Assessing analysis reliability and methods to improve efficiency of computer algorithms and their implications are discussed.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Terms
    • This course is not scheduled for the 2014 academic year
  • Instructors
    • There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014 academic year.


PARA 410

3 credits
Environment and Infection.

Parasitology: Infectious pathogens of humans and animals and their impact on the global environment are considered. The central tenet is that infectious pathogens are environmental risk factors. The course considers their impact on the human condition and juxtaposes the impact of control and treatment measures and environmental change.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Terms
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • Marilyn E Scott


PARA 438

3 credits
Immunology.

Parasitology: An in-depth analysis of the principles of cellular and molecular immunology. The emphasis of the course is on host defence against infection and on diseases caused by abnormal immune responses.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • 3 lectures per week
  • Prerequisites: AEBI 202 or LSCI 202 or permission of instructor
  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
  • Instructors
    • Jerry R Aldridge

Graduate courses

BTEC 501

3 credits
Bioinformatics.

Biotechnology: This course introduces the application of computer software for analysis of biological sequence information. An emphasis is placed on the biological theory behind analytical techniques, the algorithms used and methods of developing a statistical framework for various types of analysis.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Terms
    • This course is not scheduled for the 2014 academic year
  • Instructors
    • There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014 academic year.


BTEC 535

3 credits
Functional Genomics in Model Organisms.

Biotechnology: An overview of strategies used to understand the function of genes, especially those identified through genome sequencing and bioinformatics. Use of model organisms that have proved particularly valuable for this purpose.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Prerequisite: 300-level course in genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry or permission of instructor.
  • Restriction: Limited to 30 students.
  • Terms
    • This course is not scheduled for the 2014 academic year
  • Instructors
    • There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014 academic year.


BTEC 555

3 credits
Structural Bioinformatics.

Biotechnology: Fundamentals of protein structure and the application of tools for structure determination, how protein structure allows us to understand the complex biological functions, and how knowledge of protein structure can contribute to drug discovery.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Winter
  • 1-hr lecture, followed by 2 hrs of computer lab.
  • Prerequisite: Molecular biology or biochemistry, and basic bioinformatics, or permission of instructor.
  • Terms
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • Reza Salavati


PARA 600

4 credits
Thesis Proposal for M.Sc.

Parasitology: Comprises a written document outlining the proposed research objectives.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • Robin N Beech
    • Robin N Beech


PARA 606

2 credits
Parasitology Seminar.

Parasitology: A seminar series in which students present seminars covering topics in parasitology, in areas relevant to their research interests. Students register for the course in their second term of residency. Attendance and participation are compulsory for M.Sc. students.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • A Paula Ribeiro
    • A Paula Ribeiro


PARA 607

2 credits
Parasitology Research Seminar.

Parasitology: This is a required course for M.Sc. students. A seminar course in which students registered at the Institute of Parasitology present seminars on the results of their thesis research. Students register for the course in the final term prior to thesis submission.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • A Paula Ribeiro
    • A Paula Ribeiro


BTEC 619

4 credits
Biotechnology Laboratory 2.

Biotechnology: A laboratory-based course in a variety of topics including: proteomics, protein expression and purification, conventional and HPLC chromatography, protein-protein interactions, ELISA, and Western blot analysis and hybridoma techniques.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Prerequisite: BTEC 620 or permission of the instructor.
  • The fee of $513.00 is used to support the cost of chemical reagents, kits, disposables and minor equipment necessary to run this hands-on laboratory course.
  • Terms
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • Armando Jardim


BTEC 620

4 credits
Biotechnology Laboratory 1.

Biotechnology: Practical training in contemporary methods of molecular and cellular biology. Intended for students with background in molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related area, who are already familiar with theoretical principles of recombinant DNA technologies. Topics include: polymerase chain reaction (PCR), methods for gene cloning and mutagenesis, eukaryotic and prokaryotic gene expression systems, protein purification and methods of eukaryotic cell culture.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • one 8-hour lab per week
  • The fee of $1026.00 is used to support the cost of chemical reagents, kits, disposables and minor equipment necessary to run this hands-on laboratory course
  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
  • Instructors
    • A Paula Ribeiro


BTEC 621

3 credits
Biotechnology Management.

Biotechnology: Topics relevant to the management of research in industry are presented by experts working in industry. This course highlights the differences existing between research done in an academic environment and research done within industry.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • one 3-hour lecture per week
  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
  • Instructors
    • Elias Georges


BTEC 622

2 credits
Biotechnology Research Project 1.

Biotechnology: Research project proposal and literature review.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Terms
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • Elias Georges


BTEC 623

6 credits
Biotechnology Research Project 2.

Biotechnology: Intensive research project, lasting a minimum of 16 weeks in conjunction with course Biotechnology Research Project 3, conducted in a university hospital or industry laboratory involved in biotechnology research or development.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Corequisite: BTEC 622
  • Restriction: M.Sc.(Applied) Biotechnology students
  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
  • Instructors
    • Elias Georges


BTEC 624

6 credits
Biotechnology Research Project 3.

Biotechnology: Intensive research project, lasting a minimum of 16 weeks in conjunction with Biotechnology Research Project 2, conducted in a university hospital or industry laboratory involved in biotechnology research or development.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Prerequisite: BTEC 622.
  • Corequisite: BTEC 623.
  • Restriction: M.Sc.(Applied) Biotechnology students.
  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
  • Instructors
    • Elias Georges


BTEC 625

2 credits
Biotechnology Research Project 4.

Biotechnology: Student will prepare a report on the research experience and give a presentation.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
  • Instructors
    • Elias Georges


PARA 635

3 credits
Cell Biology and Infection.

Parasitology: Research articles will be the primary source of information. This course will cover new principles in cell biology. In particular, the mechanisms by which gene expression is regulated through signal transduction pathways initiated at the cell surface will be presented.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Prerequisite: students with some background in molecular biology
  • Terms
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • Petra C Rohrbach


PARA 655

3 credits
Host-Parasite Interactions.

Parasitology: Lectures, tutorials and laboratory demonstrations of the principal factors which affect levels of parasite infection and treatment of infections in humans and animals. The integration and management of the host-parasite relationship in terms of transmission, population dynamics, environmental management, behaviour, immune responses, pathology, and pharmacology to decrease parasitic disease.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
  • Instructors
    • Roger K Prichard, Marilyn E Scott, Timothy Geary


PARA 665

3 credits
Special Topics in Parasitology.

Parasitology: This course designation will be used for special courses that staff, or visiting professors, may wish to provide when student interest warrants. Examples might include a laboratory techniques course, a mathematical modelling course or a special pharmacology seminar series.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • Roger K Prichard
    • Roger K Prichard


BTEC 691

3 credits
Biotechnology Practicum.

Biotechnology: The cooperating employer and the instructor (or designate) will develop an individualized practicum experience program of at least 12 weeks duration for each student.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Terms
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • Elias Georges


PARA 700

0 credit
Thesis Proposal for Ph.D.

Parasitology: Comprises a written document outlining the proposed research objectives.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • Robin N Beech
    • Robin N Beech


PARA 710

2 credits
Parasitology Ph.D. Seminar 1.

Parasitology: This first seminar is a review of the scientific literature in the topic area of the thesis research.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • A Paula Ribeiro
    • A Paula Ribeiro


PARA 711

2 credits
Parasitology Ph.D. Seminar 2.

Parasitology: A seminar series in which students present seminars covering topics in parasitology in areas relevant to their research interests. Attendance and participation are compulsory.

Offered by: Parasitology

  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • A Paula Ribeiro
    • A Paula Ribeiro