260.664.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 2 Credit(s)
MF 2:00:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Understand advanced concepts of medical molecular entomology. Evaluate molecular entomology–based strategies for vector-borne disease control. Design molecular entomology-based disease control strategies.
  • 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.

  • Intended Audience

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

  • Methods of Assessment

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

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Prerequisites

    Students with a background in molecular biology or biochemistry.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.