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BI**194 / BGGN 280-285: Fall 2020 Course Descriptions

Disclaimer: Students may not receive credit for a second attempt of the same topic that was previously completed.

Course BIMM 194 A00 / BGGN 283 A00
Instructor Stephen Mayfield
Title Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology - Biofuels and BioProducts
Description The purpose of this course is to provide students with an interdisciplinary exposure to the new biology-based industry of photosynthetic manufacturing of biofuels and bioproducts.
Prerequisites Molecular Biology (BIMM 100); upper division standing
Course BIMM 194 B00 / BGGN 283 B00
Instructor James Golden
Title Microbiology Current Topics
Description This class will cover current topics in microbiology from recent scientific review articles and primary research papers. Topics could include areas such as molecular mechanisms of bacterial cell biology; genetics and evolution of traits such as antibiotic resistance; bacterial interactions such as biofilms, symbiosis, or pathogenesis; and microbial biotechnology.
Prerequisites Molecular Biology (BIMM 100); upper division standing
Course BIMM 194 C00 / BGGN 283 C00
Instructor Jens Lykke-Andersen
Title Gene Regulatory Defects in Human Disease
Description We will discuss recent research on gene regulatory mechanisms that go awry in human disorders and the modern approaches used to understand underlying molecular defects, through presentation and discussion of cutting edge research papers.
Prerequisites Molecular Biology (BIMM 100); upper division standing
Course BIMM 194 D00
Instructor Goran Bozinovic
Title Modern Human Evolution: Autoimmunity, Diabetes, and Metabolic Syndromes
Description This course will explore primary scientific literature to discuss post-industrial revolution human immune system evolutionary challenges, focusing on autoimmunity, diabetes and metabolic syndromes. The emphasis will be placed on human gene-environment interactions and public health outcomes affecting immunity and metabolism.
Prerequisites Molecular Biology (BIMM 100); upper division standing
Course BIPN 194 A00 / BGGN 284 A00
Instructor Matthew Banghart
Title Molecular Neuropharmacology
Description Pharmacological control of protein activity is omnipresent in neurobiological research and underlies the actions of therapeutic drugs. This course will address fundamental principles of neuropharmacology and the current state of neuropharmacology research through a critical reading of primary research publications.
Prerequisites Human Physiology I (BIPN 100) OR Cellular Neurobiology (BIPN 140); upper division standing
Course BIPN 194 B00 / BGGN 284 B00
Instructor Gulcin Pekkurnaz
Title Brain Energy Metabolism in Health and Diseases
Description The underlying causes of metabolic and neurodegenerative disorders are complex, though these conditions have recently been attributed to changes in brain energy metabolism dysregulation. In this course, we will explore the principles of brain energy metabolism in health and diseases through a critical reading of primary research literature.
Prerequisites Human Physiology I (BIPN 100) OR Cellular Neurobiology (BIPN 140); upper division standing
Course BISP 194 A00 / BGGN 285 A00
Instructor Joel Wertheim
Title Contagion: Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
Description In this course, we will explore the factors that underlie the emergence, epidemiology, and evolution of infectious diseases. We will use the 2011 feature film “Contagion” as an entry point to understanding how we can use molecular tools to understand and combat these emerging threats. Students will read and discuss the primary literature describing the current state of the field, with a particular focus on viral pathogens.
Prerequisites Genetics (BICD 100); upper division standing.
Course BISP 194 B00 / BGGN 285 B00
Instructor Deborah Yelon
Title Genome Editing: Past, Present, and Future
Description In this course, we will learn about genome editing technologies and their applications.  We will discuss how genome editing techniques were developed, the ways in which genome editing is currently being used, and the possible ramifications of future advances in this dynamic area.
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.