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Timetables / Module descriptions

1. Semester
(August-December)

in Argentina

2. Semester
(February-June)

in Argentina

3. Semester
(June-January)

in Germany

4. Semester
(February-July)

in Germany or Argentina

YEAR 1: 2017-2019

Lectures: Aug -Dec 2017

(Holidays: 23.12.17- 31.1.18)

YEAR 1: 2017-2019

Lectures: Feb - May 2018

(Holidays: 1.6.18 -15.6.18)

YEAR 1: 2017-2019

Lectures: Jun 18 - Jan 19

(Holidays: 15.8.18 -5.10.18)

YEAR 1: 2017-2019

Feb - Jul 2019

in Germany or Argentina

YEAR 2: 2018-2020

Lectures: Aug -Dec 2018

(Holidays: 22.12.18-31.1.19)

YEAR 2: 2018-2020

Lectures: Feb - May 2019

(Holidays: 31.5.19-14.6.19)

YEAR 2: 2018-2020

Lectures: Jun 19 - Jan 20

(Holidays: 15.8.19 -4.10.19)

YEAR 2: 2018-2020

Feb - Jul 2020

in Germany or Argentina

Soft Skills: Spanish for Germans
135 hours
5 ECTS (August)

Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry     Biology
270 hours
10 ECTS

Soft Skills: German for Argentinians
125 hours
5 ECTS (July)

 

Thesis Workshop      Scientific Writing               54 hours                            2 ECTS

 

Master Thesis
756 hours
28 ECTS

 

Basic Immunology
270 hours
10 ECTS

Advanced Immunology
216 hours
8 ECTS

Translational Medicine
162 hours
6 ECTS

Infection Biology
324 hours
12 ECTS

Lab Training I
270 hours
10 ECTS

Methods II
162 hours
6 ECTS

Methods I
162 hours
6 ECTS

Methods III
189 hours
7 ECTS

Lab Training II
270 hours
10 ECTS

33 ECTS (Germans)
28 ECTS (Argentinians)

28 ECTS

29 ECTS (Germans)
34 ECTS (Argentinians)

30 ECTS

Contents (supported by MHH e-Learning platform):


1.   Module: Soft Skills

      Spanish for Germans. Students with Spanish knowledge pass test for credits.

 

2.   Module: Basic Immunology

Development lymphoid organs. Innate immunity. Pathogen recognition. Antigen presentation. Adaptive immunity. Effector mechanisms. Signaling. Cytokines. Memory. Immune evasion. Immunodeficiencies. Allergy. Hypersensitivity. Autoimmunity. Diagnostics.

 

3.   Module: Infection Biology

Medical Microbiology. Basic principles. Classification of bacteria. Morphology, cell wall structure and synthesis. Metabolism and growth. Genetics. Viruses, Fungi, Parasites: classification, structure, replication. Sterilization and disinfection. Microscopy. Molecular & Serological diagnostics. Pathogenic mechanisms. Antimicrobial agents. Acute and chronic diseases. Pathogenesis, dissemination, virulence, susceptibility. Prevention and control. Emerging diseases.

 

4.   Module: Methods I

Sampling techniques: selection of research animals; inoculation/immunization techniques; recovery of samples. Culturing techniques, production of antibodies; Sample analysis: fluid sample analysis; cell phenotyping; cellular activation; cytokine/protein production and secretion; signaling; gene expression; tissue analysis; Practical training: isolation and stimulation of immune cells. ELISA. Western Blotting. Flow Cytometry.

 

5.   Module: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Glycobiology of host-pathogen interactions. Theory: Role in cell recognition and host cell invasion. Glycan-based vaccines, diagnostics tools and glycoproteins as therapeutics. Signaling. Practical training: Sample preparation for glycan analysis. Extraction and purification. Fluorophore labelling, Glycan Cleanup. Sample preparation for HPLC.

 

6.   Module: Advanced Immunology

Transplantation Immunology. Neuroimmunology. Mucosal Immunology. Intestinal Immune System, GALT. Tolerance versus effector responses. Microbiota. Functional food. Respiratory immune system. NALT and BALT. Immunobiology of the respiratory epithelium. Host-pathogen relationship. Natural antimicrobial peptides. Mucosal Vaccines. Practical training: Isolation of probiotic bacteria for functional food business. Evaluation of probiotic properties in vitro. Immunostaining and colocalization of proteins transiently expressed in cell lines.

 

7.   Module: Lab Training I

Laboratory Training: new methodologies and theoretical concepts

 

8.   Module: Soft Skills

      German for Argentineans. See above.

 

9.   Module: Translational Medicine

Vaccine development & Immunodiagnostics. Good Laboratory Practice. Ethical considerations. Clinical trials, Preclinical development: Immunogenicity and safety. Future vaccines. Trial design. Animal models, Adjuvants. Immunization route. Regulatory aspects. Entrepreneurial aspects. Safety issues and controversies. 

Molecular Medicine. Virus bioengineering. Gene transfer strategies. Genetic therapy in immunodeficiencies and neurodegenerative diseases. iPS generation. Practical training: Experimental design of theoretical problems.

Molecular Diagnostics. Human genome. Genetic variation. New Generation Sequencing (NGS). Future technologies. Complete Genome Sequencing. Exome sequencing. Practical training: Experimental design of theoretical problems.

 

10. Module: Methods II

a.   Multicolor Flow Cytometry

b.   Detection and purification of specific cell types

c.   Sample analysis, Sequencing

d.   Fluorescence microscopy

e.   Image processing

The students will be able to choose the courses according to their interests and the available vacancies for each course.

 

11. Module: Methods III

a.   Animal models

b.   Advanced methods for the analysis of the immune response Module: Thesis workshop

c.    Laboratory Animal Handling. Laboratory health and safety. Ethical principles and laws. Alternative models to the use of animals.


12. Master Thesis including course Scientific writing (english) 
      Advanced research phase, independent research project. Master Thesis

 as “tandem format”, including a Principal Investigator from each country (Germany and Argentina).