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Pre-Clinical Department - Microbiology

Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Microbiology is the scientific study of living microorganisims, which are very small and simple in structure, yet their medical importance is great. Medical students need to learn the following most important aspects of microbiology in order to diagnose and treat microbiological infections successfully.

  • Pathogenesis: The ways in which microorganisms produce disease in the human body & essential information for diagnosis and treatment .
  • Diagnosis: Laboratory investigation depends on taking correct specimens and being able to process and interprate the results obtained from the lab.
  • Treatment: Microbiological disease is one of the first conditions in medicine for which specific and highly effective therapy is available .
  • Epidemiology: The spread , distribution and prevalence of infection in the community .
  • Prevention: Many bacterial and viral diseases have been virtually eradicated by immunization , public health measures and improved living standards.

The course in Medical Parasitology covers Protozoology, Helminthology and Medical Entomology. Because of the later section, Parasitology traverses the fields mentioned above to even include some aspects of arthropod-borne viruses, rickettsieae and bacteria.

Throughout this course, considerable emphasis is laid on the medical aspects of Parasitology including:

  • Identification
  • Life cycles
  • Epidemiological factors Host-parasite relationships The appropriate preventive and control measures

Since this course is specifically tailored for students medical professions, details of such aspects of Parasitology as classification, nomenclature and morphology are usually omitted although parasite recognition is essential.

Because this course is offered before students are acquainted with clinical subjects, the clinical aspects resulting from host-parasite interaction are presented. This would of course be dealt with in full details in subsequent clinical courses.

In the host-parasite relationships considered pathological conditions do occur. These are covered to some depth in this course although the intricate pathological probing are reserved for the pathology department. Throughout the Parasitology course, attempts are made at emphasizing those parasitic diseases that are of great actual or potential importance to humans.


  • 0821PA1PR Protozoa
  • 0821PA1TR Trematodes
  • 0821PA1CE Cestodes
  • 0822PA1NM Nematodes
  • 0822PA1EN Entomology
  • 0822PA1IM Immunology
Prof. M. A. Ismail
Ph. D Medical Microbiology and Immunology
- Escherichia coli diarrheal disease.
Role of Immune response in graft rejection.
Tel: +971-4-2646465

Dr. S. Jamel
Teaching Assistant

Tel: +971-4-2646465

Dr. H. Faiz Al-Samman
Teaching Assistant

Tel: +971-4-2646465

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