Courses Catalogue

Advanced Parasitology And Vector Biology

COURSE CODE: MCB 7201
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Microbiology, M.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: Faculty of Biomedical Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

Prerequisites Must have done the Basic parasitology course  

Course Justification

The link between most parasites and vectors is common knowledge with the increase in research disease study and epidemiology. However much is still needed as research keeps identifying gaps in the current knowledge that need to be filled. Also the emergence of new diseases and reemergence of once controlled vector borne infections calls for more in-depth understanding of the vector-parasite relationship with primary emphasis on control using more recent tools and developing new tools to control the parasites and their “vehicles”. This calls for a need for more advanced studies in this field and therefore this course provides this platform.

Course description

This course is for those graduates who wish to enter research, teaching, scientific laboratory management and careers in parasitology and vector biology including diagnostic centres and overseas fields centres. It aims to give students a sound insight into the biology of parasites and their control. The course provides students with contemporary studies of research on immunological and molecular aspects of selected parasites and vector/parasite relationships. Students will gain research experience in parasitology and/or entomology. Graduates from this course have entered employment as research assistants or research laboratory technicians in pharmaceuticals, drug design and pesticide research. 

Course aims

To equip students with knowledge of insecticide resistance and drug resistance in parasites To help students design their own research experiments that relate to parasitic infections and vectors

To provide practical instruction in laboratory techniques in developing of diagnostic kits for parasitic infections and vectors.

Course Expected Learning Outcomes 

At the end of the course, the students should be able to:

Explain how parasites and vectors develop resistance to drugs and insecticides.

Explain how parasites evade the host defense mechanisms, and how the body counter parasites Diagnose, prevent and control parasites and vectors of medical importance.

Understand vector/parasite ecology, behavior and genomics

Develop tools for Monitoring and evaluation of vector/parasitic infections