Ecology and biology of insect pathogens (viruses, bacteria, protozoa, nematodes). Diagnostics, safety testing of pathogens. Genomics and genetic engineering of entomopathogens. Insect pathogens as biological model organisms. Applications in medical and veterinary research and pharmaceutical bioprospecting. Graduate-level requirements include students to prepare and give one oral presentation of a specific topic that will be coordinated with the instructor at the beginning of the course. Topics considered in the oral presentations will be included in the final exam.