7.345 Evolution of the Immune System

Spring 2005

Phylogenetic tree figure showing evolution of immune system.

Phylogenetic tree figure showing the evolution of the immune system. (Image by Dr. Nadia Danilova.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete bibliography of readings.

Course Description

In this course, evolutionary pathways that have led to the development of innate and adaptive immunity are analyzed, the conserved and unique features of the immune response from bacteria to higher vertebrates is traced, and factors, such as adaptive changes in pathogens that have shaped the evolution of immune system are identified.


This course includes contributions from Dr. Susann Beetz, a co-instructor for this course in 2003.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Dr. Nadia Danilova

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session