194: Spring 2018 Course Descriptions

Course BICD 194 A00

Karen Oegema and Arshad Desai

Title Cancer: Origins and Therapeutic Strategies

In this course, we will read primary scientific literature highlighting the breakthroughs in our understanding of cancer and how they 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 B00

Ananda Goldrath

Title Immunotherapy

In this course, we will learn about strategies to influence the immune system in a variety of human diseases to improve health outcome, collectively termed “immunotherapy”, which can be designed to induce, enhance, or suppress an immune response.

Prerequisites Cell Biology (BICD 110); upper division standing
Course BICD 194 C00

Emily Troemel

Title Intracellular Pathogens That Hijack and Exploit Cells

Infectious diseases that cause deadly illnesses such as malaria can be caused by single-celled pathogens that not only invade our bodies, but actually live inside our cells. How do they do this? We will learn to analyze cutting edge-scientific literature that provides answers to this question.

Prerequisites Cell Biology (BICD 110); upper division standing

Course BIMM 194 B00

Jose Pruneda-Paz

Title Circadian Rhythms: Physiological and Molecular Aspects
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  C00
Instructor Jeff Hasty
Title Quantitative Biology: Development of Predictive Computational Models
Description Technology is driving a revolution in biology, enabling rapid advances in the development of quantitative tools for describing the complex molecular interactions that occur within and between cells.  This course will focus on the formulation and exploration of computational models that describe small network motifs that serve as “hubs” for many important biological processes.  Laptops are required as hands on instruction will occur in each class period.   

Molecular Biology (BIMM 100); upper division standing 

Course BIPN 194 A00
Instructor Roberto Malinow
Title Synaptic Plasticity
Description This course will examine the history of long-term potentiation of synaptic transmission (LTP) through a critical reading of important publications (1973-2016). 

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

Course BISP 194 A00
Instructor Mark Estelle
Title When Is This Winter Going to End: Environmental Regulation of Plant Development   

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 condition 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.


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.