HS 2018: LV 28394-01

Evolution of host parasite interactions

Lecture with exercises (2KP)

  • Structure: Weekly lectures in Fall term. Exam during last course date

Lecturers

  • Dieter Ebert, Prof.; Phone: 061 207 03 60; E-mail: dieter.ebert-at-unibas.ch (responsible lecturer)
  • Louis Du Pasquier, Prof.; E-mail: dupasquier-at-dial.eunet.ch

Day, time and location

  • Thursdays, 08:15-10:00; Small lecture hall (1. Floor), Zoological Institute, Vesalgasse 1, 4051 Basel
  • First course unit: Thursday, 20. September 2016, 08h15

Course description

The main goal of the course is to provide an in depth treatment of concepts, examples and methods in evolutionary biology of host-parasite interactions. The course starts with an introduction into basic evolutionary biology of parasitism. Transmission of infectious diseases and its relation to parasite fitness will be treated in depth. A further emphasize will be on the evolution of immune systems. From there we approach questions about parasite and pathogen evolution as well as host-parasite coevolution. The evolution of virulence and the role of transmission will receive special consideration. The back bone of the course are lectures. In the lectures we introduce the concepts and their theoretical background, explain methods and use examples from current research.

The book "Evolutionary parasitology" by Paul Schmid-Hempel (Oxford University Press, 2011) is a good textbook for the course. It does not include all aspects treated in the course.

Examination

To pass this course and obtain the corresponding credit points, participation is required, an essay has to be written and the written final exam has to be passed. The essay counts 1/3 of the final grade, the exam 2/3.

  • Date of exam: 13. December 2018
  • Time: 9h15 to 10h; (45 minutes)
  • Location: Small Lecture Hall Vesalianum

Essay

To pass this course and obtain the corresponding credit points, an essay has to be written. Here are some guide lines for the essay

  • Find a host parasite system you find interesting. Any system is possible, but every student should write about a different system! Tell Dieter Ebert which system you chose ahead of time.
  • Find articles about the evolution and/or population genetics of this host-parasite system and write an essay about the evolution of the disease.
  • maximum length is 4 pages, english, review style, cite literature, line spacing 1.5, font size 10 to 12.
  • All essays will be checked for plagiarism! (Please do not copy/paste from articles or internet).
  • Submit a pdf of your article (by email to D. Ebert) and hand in a printed copy of the article to Dieter Ebert.
  • Deadline for the essay is 29. November 2018 at 10h
  • Further information about the ESSAY

Downloads (pdf with the power point slides)

The slides from the powerpoint used during the lectures as safed in pdf format. The script comes in 2 versions, with 1 slide or 4 slides per page. 4 slides per page is better for printing. PDF files with 1 slide per page is best for viewing on screen. The pdf will be uploaded latest 3 days before a lecture. If you have a problems with downloading a file, please contact Dieter Ebert by email as soon as possible.

PDF files of slides used by Dieter Ebert

PDF files of papers used by Dieter Ebert

PDF files of slides used by Louis Du Pasquier