Immunology - antibody moleculeA properly functioning immune system is essential for good health. This 10 credit, Part 2 module aims to introduce students to the main concepts and central mechanisms of the mammalian immune response, so that they may understand how animals, especially humans, combat infection by pathogens. As with other physiological systems, the immune system can malfunction and actually cause disease; these aspects will also be discussed.

Spring Term


KnightPhil_largeProfessor Phil Knight is the Director of Research at the School of Biological Sciences and a repoductive biologist. His research aims to increase understanding of the mechanisms that regulate ovarian follicular development, ovulation and early embryo development in mammals and birds. As well as being of fundamental scientific interest, this research will underpin the development of improved methods for manipulating reproduction and for diagnosing and treating infertility in animals and man.


DashPhil_largeDr Philip Dash is a cell biologist interested in understanding cell movement which is important for immune cell resposne to infection. Excessive cell movement is also a major problem in cancer as this can lead to the spread of the cancer cells throughout the body, a process called metastasis that is responsible for most cancer deaths. Phil has a BSc Hons degree in Zoology from the University of Reading, an MSc in Toxicology from the University of Birmingham and a PhD in Cancer Studies also from the university of Birmingham. He previously worked at the medical school at St George's, University of London and at the School of Cancer Studies at the University of Birmingham.

BicknellAndrew_largeDr Andrew Bicknell is an endocrinologist who has a long-term interest in the mammalian stress axis. He did his PhD and postdoctoral work with Prof Phil Lowry at the University of Reading before becoming a lecturer in 2008. Andrew is Admissions tutor for Biomedical Sciences and the module convenor for the Pathology module.

Other lecturers: Dr Simon Clarke, Professor Ian Jones

Module convenor: Professor Phil Knight

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