About The Course
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Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for MOLECULAR ENTOMOLOGY (260.664.01), a course offered by the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Provides a broad perspective on the molecular biology of insects and a specific focus on aspects relating to the transmission of insect-borne diseases. Also provides an introduction to insect physiology, developmental biology, genomics and molecular evolution and ecology. Includes several modules addressing molecular mechanisms implicated in insect – host and insect - pathogen interaction, which are essential for disease transmission. Provides background information on essential methodologies used in molecular entomological research and discusses the importance of molecular entomology for the development of disease control strategies. The basic developmental, genetic and genomic focused modules utilize the wealth of knowledge gained from studies in the model insect organism Drosophila, while modules focusing on insects’ role in disease transmission focus on the mosquito vector of malaria Anopheles.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss a variety of molecular entomology research topics
  • Evaluate disease control strategies based on molecular entomology approaches
  • Design basic approches for controling vector borne diseases

Course Time

Mon Fri   2:00 PM to 3:20 PM


Students with a background in molecular biology or biochemistry.

Intended Audience

M.Sc and Ph.D students with background in molecular biology.

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Two evaluations will be applied in this course: one short paper and one discussion on specific topics.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade