The master track “Infection and Immunity” has been designed to integrate the advanced knowledge in two interlinked disciplines. Immunology is the science that investigates how complex multicellular organisms (mostly mammals) defend themselves against infectious diseases. Immunologists investigate biological systems at all levels of integration: molecular, (sub)cellular, tissue, organism and society. The experimental tools address the molecular, structural and cell biological level, incorporating state of the art techniques such as microarrays, deep sequencing, live imaging and multicolour fluorescent flow cytometry.
Medical Microbiology studies the pathogenesis, epidemiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of pathogens and infections from the molecular to the global health level. Though the immune system protects against infection, microbes employ a variety of strategies to escape immune responses. Another important topic that will be addressed is the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.
Studying Infection and Immunity at the University of Amsterdam
The track Infection and Immunity is a collaborative effort of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Academic Medical Centre (AMC) and Sanquin. This master track is designed to educate you towards becoming a practicing scientist, and is only offered as Research (R-) Variant.
The theoretical background of the programme will provide you with a basic cell biological understanding and state of the art knowledge in Immunology and Medical Microbiology through two dedicated courses. The thesis can be organised on an individual basis and can start at any time in the track.
You gain practical experience by performing at least two research projects in laboratories active in Immunology and/or Medical Microbiology. During these projects you become an integral member of the research group. It is mandatory to carry out one of the traineeships at the AMC or Sanquin (or in specific cases NKI). The other research project(s) may be carried out at one of the participating institutes or at universities/research institutes in The Netherlands or abroad.
The first course is Molecular Biology of the Cell. This basic theoretical course that is the same for all Master tracks in the Medical Biology cluster will recap the molecular basis of cell function including proteins, membranes, DNA structure, cell metabolism, protein synthesis and cellular signalling.
In the course Advanced Immunology experts in the fields will teach the most important aspects of the immune system. This ranges from:
The course Advanced Medical Microbiology will provide you with detailed insight in epidemiology, pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of important infectious diseases. Themes include:
The programme is looking for students who: