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BI**194 / BGGN 280-285: Fall 2022 Course Descriptions

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

Course BIBC 194 A00 / BGGN 280 A00
Instructor Hui, Enfu
Title Biochemistry of Cell Signaling
Description Multiple cell types in our body join together to form tissues to execute specific functions. The survival and function of each cell depend on receiving and processing information (signals) from the environment. Cell-cell communication is also critical for our immune cells to recognize and destroy cancer cells and virus infected cells. Cells detect signals using specialized cell surface proteins called receptors, which coordinate with proteins and lipid molecules inside of the cells to convert the signal to a cascade of biochemical events that ultimately lead to cell division, differentiation, motility and/or secretion of chemical substances. In this course, we will discuss primary research articles that uncover how an external signal triggers a cell surface receptor, how the signal is relayed inside the cell, how signaling molecules are self-organized, and how to rewire the signaling networks to engineer cells with novel, desired functionalities. Special emphasis will be placed on signal transduction and engineering of immune cells that is related to cancer immunotherapy, an exciting and fast-moving field. Throughout the course, you will acquire the skills to interpret, evaluate, and present primary literature.
Prerequisites Structural Biochemistry (BIBC 100) OR Metabolic Biochemistry (BIBC 102); upper division standing
Course BIEB 194 A00 / BGGN 282 A00
Instructor Jackrel, Sara
Title Microbial Ecology
Description Microbes, the most numerous organisms on the planet, are often the most maligned. Most do not cause disease, but instead are useful: producing oxygen, promoting plant growth, or help us digest. This course explores the microbial communities that regulate Earth’s biological and chemical processes. Students will learn theory, methods, and applications of microbial ecology and evolution relevant to contemporary world issues including human health, conservation of biodiversity, and climate change.
Prerequisites Introductory Ecology: Organisms and Habitats (BIEB 102); upper division standing
Course BIMM 194 A00 / BGGN 283 A00
Instructor Hasty, Jeff
Title Systems and Synthetic Biology
Description Weekly seminar
Prerequisites Molecular Biology (BIMM 100); upper division standing
Course BIMM 194 B00 / BGGN 283 B00
Instructor Golden, James
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 Lykke-Andersen, Jens
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 / BGGN 283 D00
Instructor Golden, Susan
Title Biological Rhythms
Description The course will be based on primary scientific literature that covers molecular and behavioral rhythms related to circadian, tidal, or lunar timescales, and topics from human sleep and performance to processes in environmental and laboratory organisms.
Prerequisites Molecular Biology (BIMM 100); upper division standing
Course BIPN 194 A00 / BGGN 284 A00
Instructor Pekkurnaz Banghart, Gulcin
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 BIPN 194 B00 / BGGN 284 B00
Instructor Leutgeb, Stefan
Title Brain oscillations and their relevance for neural computations
Description Brain oscillations have long been linked to neural computations in the healthy brain, and some aspects of oscillatory activity have been reported to be disrupted in any of the major psychiatric and neurological diseases. Selectively targeting of brain oscillations for treatment could thus profoundly improve cognitive function in these diseases. This course provides an overview of the different types of oscillatory brain activity patterns and discusses classical and recent research publications on the generation, function, and disease-relevance of brain oscillations.
Prerequisites Human Physiology I (BIPN 100) OR Cellular Neurobiology (BIPN 140); upper division standing
Course BISP 194 A00 / BGGN 285 A00
Instructor Wertheim, Joel
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 like HIV and SARS-CoV-2.
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.