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About the Course

Course 1 of a three course specialization called Fundamentals of Immunology. Each course in the specialization presents material that builds on the previous course's material. This is the first leg of a three-part journey through the defenses your body uses to keep you healthy. In this part we hope to give you the vocabulary and concepts you need to interact with the medical community and to provide them in a context that makes them memorable. Fundamentals of Immunology introduces students to the basic functions of the adaptive and innate immune systems. The early lectures survey cells, tissues and organs using metaphors, cartoons and models to improve understanding and retention. After describing the form, function, origin and varieties of antibodies, subsequent lectures provide details on the mechanism of the generation of variation. The course provides animations of gene rearrangement and class switching and descriptions of affinity maturation correlated with detailed physical models of antibody structure. The final lecture reviews these concepts in anatomical context. Testing employs multiple choice questions testing facts, concepts, and application of principles. Questions may refer to diagrams, drawing and photographs used in lecture and reproduced in the outline. What You’ll Learn: The difference between adaptive and innate immune systems, the characteristics of various pathogens that they protect you from and the overall strategies employed in this protection. The detailed structure of antibodies and related immunoglobulin receptors, the characteristics and function of the different antibody classes and the mechanism for producing both the recognition regions and stem regions.  Finally, how these structures are coded for in the DNA and expressed in the B cells....

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Nov 21, 2020

Thank you very much Professor! I really enjoyed your lessons and passion for teaching. I am glad you are able to share your talent with the world via this medium. Looking forward to the next class!


Aug 5, 2019

So far the lecturer has been very entertaining and interesting in her explanation of various concepts of immunology. I am excited to finish this course, which will be relevant to my future studies.

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By Suyash G

Feb 24, 2020

Best introductory course to Immunology!

By Jamey S

Mar 21, 2022

Best online instuctor I have ever had!

By Ahmed N

Oct 22, 2020

the part of genes in immunity is hard.

By Sara J M

May 27, 2021

Great course and a wonderful teacher

By Sumit T

Dec 2, 2022

Thanks for broadening my knowledge.

By Frauke H

Apr 7, 2022

nice overview and sympathic teacher

By Jorge A C P

Jul 1, 2021

Really good course, I learned a lot

By Keila Z C S

Feb 8, 2021

Excelente curso, bastante retador

By Swetha M

Jun 29, 2020

It was such a informative course.

By Nida H

Aug 9, 2021

fullfilling all our requirements

By Marcos N Q S

May 23, 2020

excelente curso, muy recomendado


Nov 25, 2021

Excellent course. I loved it

By Sumithra M

Feb 25, 2021


By saji s

Dec 20, 2020

Excellent way of presenting.

By Татьяна И

Aug 21, 2019

The professor is phenomenal!

By Christy M G

Sep 30, 2020

Thank you , great lectures!

By Ausra

Aug 21, 2020

a fun, non-boring course :)


Dec 1, 2020

recomendado, muy didáctico

By Brian G

Feb 26, 2024

It's an excellent course.

By Aruna S

Jul 1, 2020

Very nice and informative

By Apatsara T

Apr 28, 2020

cute teacher cute lecture

By maysam M h

Aug 31, 2019

it was great! that's it!


Jun 1, 2020

Great refresher course.

By Aditya U

Jun 11, 2021

What a fun instructor!

By Menashe K

Jan 31, 2021

Very well done course.