194: Spring 2017 Course Descriptions

Course BICD 194
Instructor

Dr. Karen Oegema and Dr. Arshad Desai

Title Cancer: Origins and Therapeutic Strategies
Section ID 898771
Description

In this course, we will read historical and current primary scientific literature highlighting the breakthroughs in our understanding of cancer origins that are leading to new therapeutic approaches. Students will read, present and discuss scientific papers and turn in a final written assignment analyzing an assigned paper.

Prerequisites Cell Biology (BICD 110); upper division standing
 
Course BICD 194
Instructor

Dr. Mark Estelle

Title Environmental Regulation of Plant Development
Section ID 898772
Description

Because they are sessile, plants exhibit a remarkable ability to sense their environment and to alter their developmental programs in response to changing conditions. As a result of this developmental plasticity, a plant’s appearance can vary dramatically depending on the conditions in which it lives. In this course we will explore the mechanisms involved in environmental regulation of plant development. We will read and discuss primary research articles that describe recent advances in this field. To facilitate discussion, papers will be presented by student groups. 

Prerequisites Cell Biology (BICD 110); upper division standing

Course BIMM 194
Instructor

Dr. Jose Pruneda-Paz

Title Circadian Rhythms: Physiological and Molecular Aspects
Section ID 899013
Description In this course, students will explore the fundamental characteristics of biological clocks across species and how circadian rhythms shape an organism physiology through the presentation and discussion of landmark research articles in the field.
Prerequisites Molecular Biology (BIMM 100); upper division standing.

Course BIMM 194
Instructor Dr. Matthew Daugherty
Title Human Pathogenic Viruses
Section ID 899014
Description Most viral pandemics, including AIDS and pandemic flu, are the result of viruses crossing from their natural host species into the human population. In this course, we will focus on the roles that viral evolution and evasion of the immune system play in transmission and pathogenesis of several devastating human viruses including HIV, influenza, Ebola and other emerging viruses.
Prerequisites

Molecular Biology (BIMM 100); upper division standing 

Course BIMM 194
Instructor Dr. Cornelis Murre
Title

Epigenetics in Gene Regulation, Development and Cancer

Section ID 899015
Description

There is now ample evidence that the genome is highly structured. Chromosomes are organized into distinct separate units named territories. The territories in turn are structured into transcriptionally permissive and repressive compartments. These compartments are structured into topologically associated domains that contain clusters of loops. Such domains are characterized by the deposition of epigenetic marks such as DNA methylation and histone modification. During the differentiation of progenitors cells, a subset of genomic regions reposition from the transcriptional permissive to the repressive compartment and vice versa. In this course, we will discuss how epigenetics affects gene regulation, developmental progression and cancer ontogeny.

Prerequisites

Molcular Biology (BIMM 100); upper division standing.

Course BIPN 194
Instructor Dr. Roberto Malinow
Title Synaptic Plasticity
Section ID 899091
Description This course will examine the history of long-term potentiation of synaptic transmission (LTP) through a critical reading of important publications (1973-2016). 
Prerequisites

Human Physiology I (BIPN 100) OR Cellular Neurobiology (BIPN 140); upper division standing.

Course BISP 194
Instructor Dr. Nigel Crawford
Title Integrative Medicine       
Section ID 899093
Description

Biology of integrative medicine including physiology, neurobiology, immunology, molecular and cellular biology of wellness and being. Topics include mind-body interactions, placebo effects, stress, meditation, nutrition, and lifestyles. Students will learn how to critique original research articles that illustrate the principles and practices of integrative medicine.

Prerequisites

Genetics (BICD 100); upper division standing.

Questions? Contact Student & Instructional Services (Pacific Hall 1128) through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) or by phone at (858)534-0557.