Fall 2017 courses

BIO 388M Plant Molecular Biology

Prof. David Herrin, TTH 3:30-5pm. "The primary objective of this course is for students to obtain a basic working knowledge of the molecular biology of plants. In this endeavor, “plants” are defined broadly as “photosynthetic organisms”; however, the emphasis will be on eukaryotic and higher land plants. Also, while there will be a focus will be on molecular biology that is either unique or of particular importance to plants (such as chloroplast mol bio), we will also discuss “plant” versions of universally important genetic processes (such as nuclear transcription, translation, etc.), as well as plant genome evolution. The second objective of this course is to cultivate a greater appreciation for the remarkable biology of solar-based organisms, and to impart the notion that their potential has been barely tapped."

BIO 391 Grant Writing and Presentation Skills

Prof. Tanya Paull, M 2:00-5:00pm or Prof. Arlen Johnson, M 3:00-6:00pm. Course restricted to graduate students in Microbiology or CMB. The purpose of this class is to provide experience in developing, writing and presenting a research proposal. The course is to be taken in preparation for the qualifying exam.

BIO 391P Advanced Virology

Prof. Chris Sullivan, TTH 12:30-2:00pm. Replication of and transformation by DNA and RNA animal viruses.

BIO 394M Tumor Biology

Prof. Jon Huibregtse, MWF 10:00am-11:00am. Covers core aspects of cancer pathology, treatment, epidemiology, the discovery of oncogenes and tumor suppressors, and the molecular genetics underlying the characteristic features of malignant tumors (including metastatic behavior, genomic instability, angiogenesis, cell cycle regulation, and apoptosis). Strong emphasis on the biochemical functions of cancer-related proteins and enzymes and therapeutic approaches based on our understanding of these proteins. Important experimental approaches that have influenced our current understanding of cancer will also be stressed.

BIO 394M 1 Advanced Immunology

Prof. Lauren Ehrlich, TTH 2:00-3:30pm. In-depth study of microbiology topics. Students read original research papers in addition to text assignments. Studies in cell signaling in the immune system, transgenic and knockout gene analysis, T and B cell selection and maturation, and development of the immune system.

 

BIO 395G/BCH 395G/MOL 395G Structure & Function of Proteins and Membranes

Prof. A Ellington, Core Course for Biochemistry, Microbiology and Cell and Molecular Biology, TTh 8:00-9:30am.

Structure and function of proteins and membranes, catalysis of biological reactions, cellular reaction pathways and control.

BIO 395J/BCH 395J/MOL 395J Genes, Genomes, and Gene Expression

Prof. Rick Russell, Core Course for Biochemistry, Microbiology and Cell and Molecular Biology, TTH 9:30-11am.

Mechanisms of prokaryotic and eukaryotic DNA replication, repair and transcription; processing and localization of RNA transcripts; mechanism and regulation of RNA translation; regulation of gene expression from the perspectives of genes and genomes.

BIO 395 Plant Biology: Lab Studies in Molecular Biology

Prof. Mona Mehdy, W 11:00am-12:00pm. 1:00-6:00pm. Laboratory experience in modern molecular biology, including cloning using recombinant DNA methods, organelle isolation, purification of eukaryotic DNA and RNA, blot hybridization and transformation.

BIO 396R Microbiology Graduate Student Professional Development

Prof. Scott Stevens. Microbiology Core Course, W 12:30-3:00pm.

 

spring 2018 courses

PGS 380N Biomedical Pharmacology II

Prof. Mills, Fundamental concepts of pharmacology, including molecular mechanisms of drug action, absorption, distribution and elimination, tolerance, dependence, mutagenesis, teratogenesis, and carcinogenesis. PCTX requirement

BCH 387D Physical Methods of Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Prof. David Hoffman. Theory of physical methods used in biochemistry and molecular biology. Biochemistry Core Course Requirement

BCH 394 Structure and Function of Proteins and Nucleic Acids

Prof. Ken Johnson. Explores the structures and functions of proteins and nucleic acids. Emphasis is placed on quantitative methods used to evaluate the roles of structural features in function and in developing new ways of thinking about the dynamics of macromolecules. Biochemistry Core Course Requirement.

BIO 382K Intro to Biology for Data Science

Prof. H. Hoffman. 

BIO 394M Advanced Immunology

Prof. Haley Tucker. In-depth study of microbiology topics. Students read original research papers in addition to text assignments. Studies in cell signaling in the immune system, transgenic and knockout gene analysis, T and B cell selection and maturation, and development of the immune system.

BIO 395F Genetics, Genomics and Epigenetics

Prof. Mills. Basic principles of Mendelian and molecular genetics, and an explorationof the genetic toolbox using examples of analytic methods and modern genetic manipulations. Focus on the genetic analysis of model organisms.Use of genetic tools in dissecting complex biological pathways, developmental processes, and regulatory systems. Cell and Molecular Biology Core Course Requirement.

BIO 395M Advanced Microbiology

Prof. Molineux. Prokaryotic and lower eukaryote genome organization; control of gene/operon/regulon expression; chromosome replication and its control; signal transduction; protein trafficking; organelle assembly; the cell cycle and its control; developmental processes; cell to cell communication; and DNA polymorphisms and adaption. Microbiology Core Course Requirement.

BIO/CH/MOL 395H Cell Biology

Profs. Marty Poenie and Clarence Chan. Detailed consideration of mechanisms of growth control, cell cycle regulation, mitosis, cell signaling, protein targeting, and the integration of these processes. BCH, CMB and MIC Core Course Requirement.

CHE 381Q Quantitative Analysis of Cell and Molecular Biology

Prof. Maynard. Analyzes biological systems from stoichiometric, thermodynamic, and kinetic perspectives. Case studies illustrate how these principles are used to understand disease, control cellular behavior, and design protein-based therapeutics.

 

PGS 191Q Pharmaceutical Sciences and its Disciplines

Prof. Ford. An overview of pharmacy and its primary disciplines of pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacy administration and practice, pharmacotherapy, and pharmacology/toxicology. PCTX requirement.

PGS 380S Basic principles in experimental design & statistics

Prof. Marinelli. Basic principles in experimental design and statistics with a focus on real world situations that may be encountered while performing scientific research. Overview of the effective presentation of statistical results, displaying professionalism, and communication skills. PCTX requirement.

PGS 386D Cellular/Systems Physiology/Pathophysiology II

Prof. Gore. Principles of cellular and systems physiology. Subjects include immunology, kidney function, respiration, acid-base balance, blood and hematopoiesis, general endocrinology, neuroendocrinology, and reproduction.

PGS 388K Molecular Mechanisms and Methods in Nutrition and Cancer

Prof. DiGiovanni. Molecular mechanisms and methods in nutrition and cancer. Topic description: Molecular mechanisms associated with the development and progression of cancer. Nutritional influences on cancer development at all stages of the cancer process. State of the art molecular methods used in cancer research with an emphasis on research involving nutrition and cancer development. 

 

BIO 374 Plant Anatomy with Histol Tech

Prof. Boucher, TTh 12:30-2 pm.This course provides a survey of the tissue organization and cellular details of the main parts of plants, with emphasis on development and function.  Plant organization, structure, and reproduction will also be considered from an adaptive perspective, integrating both ecological and evolutionary aspects of plant history.  Through the completion of the lecture and lab, student participation will also promote learning, critical thinking, microscopy skills, and laboratory techniques.

Prerequisite: Biology 325 or 325H with a grade of at least C-, and concurrent enrollment in Biology 174L.

 

BIO 174L Lab in Plant Anatomy/Histol Techs

Prof. Boucher, TTh 2-3 pm.This course provides a survey of the tissue organization and cellular details of the main parts of plants, with emphasis on development and function.  Plant organization, structure, and reproduction will also be considered from an adaptive perspective, integrating both ecological and evolutionary aspects of plant history.  Through the completion of the lecture and lab, student participation will also promote learning, critical thinking, microscopy skills, and laboratory techniques.