MOOC Innate Immunity - Institut Pasteur

As the cradle of immunology with Elie Metchnikoff, the Institut Pasteur has decided to create a MOOC in this field, dedicated to innate immunity. Its bases were established by Elie Metchnikoff, when he discovered the mechanism of phagocytosis.



About the MOOC

However, during most of the XXth century, adaptive immunity (also known as specific immunity) focused most of the interest of the researchers, until Charles Janeway and Polly Matzinger revisited the definition of immunology. What was called “non-specific immunity” was renamed “innate immunity”, and the understanding of the sensing of the exogenous or endogenous dangers signals, and their identification revolutionized our understanding of the early mechanism aimed to defend the integrity of the host against any type of attacks including pathogens.

Nowadays, how bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi are sensed by the infected host, have been mostly deciphered. Similarly, the mechanisms of the host involved to defend its integrity against infectious process have been decoded. This MOOC describes the different stakeholders involved in innate immunity against pathogens.

Innate Immunity MOOC - Institut Pasteur


This MOOC targets people with a medical or scientific training background who are interested in all aspects of innate immunity: medical students, scientific Master II and PhD students (Immunology, Bacteriology, Parasitology, Virology…), post-doc, physicians, pharmacists, veterinarians, and all scientists working on bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, interested to learn more about the defense mechanism of the host against their favored bug.


This MOOC is organized in 6 weeks, each week comprised of 4 to 7 sequences. In each sequence, you find a 10 minute video and a multiple choice test to help students check their understanding. The videos are in English subtitled in French and in English.

Find more information about the course on the Platform FUN (France université numérique).

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