BI**194 / BGGN 280-285: Fall 2019 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 Enfu Hui
Title Biochemistry of Cell Signaling
Description We will discuss the fundamental biochemical mechanisms underlying cell-cell communication and signal transduction inside the cells, with a primary focus on immune cells.
Prerequisites Structural Biochemistry (BIBC 100) or Metabolic Biochemistry (BIBC 102); upper division standing
Course BIEB 194 A00 (no corresponding Graduate version)
Instructor Elizabeth Ryan
Title Plant Ecology in a Changing Environment
Description Environmental change, involving climate and species interactions, is expected to have a profound effect on plant survival and distributions in the coming decades. This seminar will explore these topics through discussion and presentation of both foundational and contemporary scientific papers.
Prerequisites Introductory Ecology: Organisms and Habitats (BIEB 102); upper division standing
Course BIMM 194 A00 / BGGN 283 A00
Instructor Stephen Mayfield
Title Biofuels and Bioproducts
Description This course covers biotechnology applications from algae and plants.
Prerequisites Molecular Biology (BIMM 100); upper division standing
Course BIMM 194 B00 / BGGN 283 B00
Instructor James Golden
Title Microbiology current topics on bacteria
Description This class will cover current topics in microbiology with a focus on bacteria. Topics will be selected from recent research papers and 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 Jan Karlseder / Alan Saghatelian
Title Cancer Genetics and Metabolism
Description Cancer is a leading cause of death and understanding this disease at a fundamental level has been at the forefront of biological science. Cancers are linked by abnormal cell growth and therefore the mechanisms that promote and enable uncontrolled cell growth are of interest. These mechanisms include changes to the genome that lead to a gain of cancer promoting genes or loss of cancer suppressing genes. Similarly, cancers acquire changes in metabolism that enable a tumor cell to grow more rapidly that non-cancerous cells. This course focuses on the most recent genetic and metabolic pathways that have been linked to cancer; how these pathways were discovered; and the tools that are used to study cancer in a lab. The material in this course will require a basic understanding of molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry.
Prerequisites Molecular Biology (BIMM 100); upper division standing
Course BIPN 194 A00 / BGGN 284 A00
Instructor Matthew Banghart
Title Molecular Neuropharmacology
Description Pharmacological manipulations of protein function are essential to neurobiological research and underlie 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 Disease
Description The underlying causes of metabolic and neurodegenerative disorders are complex, though these conditions have recently been attributed to changes in brain energy metabolism. In this course, we will explore the principles of brain energy metabolism in health and diseases.
Prerequisites Human Physiology I (BIPN 100) OR Cellular Neurobiology (BIPN 140); upper division standing
Course BIPN 194 D00 / BGGN 284 D00
Instructor Jill Leutgeb
Title Brains Systems for Spatial Navigation
Description This course will investigate the neural networks in the brain that underlie spatial navigation and pathfinding. How does the brain create maps of space that guide navigation in complex environments? The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded for the discovery of the brains “inner GPS” system. Students will present and discuss the primary literature describing the current state of the field and recent implications for artificial intelligence.
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 that 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.
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