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

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

Course BICD 194 A00 / BGGN 281 A00
Instructor Bier, Ethan
Title Topics in Active Genetics
Description In this course students will learn first about the history of genetics from Mendel to the first evidence for non-Mendelian inheritance emerging from the work of Barbara McClintock, the discovery of selfish genetic elements that bias their own inheritance, concepts such as those put forward by Chris Curtis to drive beneficial traits into population, the CRISPR revolution and its application to gene-drives and development of other active genetic elements, applications of CRISPR technology and gene-drive principles to somatic cell genetics and genome engineering, real world applications of active genetics such as combating insect-borne diseases including malaria, reversing insecticide resistance, scrubbing antibiotic resistance from bacteria in the environment and in clinical settings, and consideration of the ethical issues surrounding novel transformative biological technologies such as CRISPR and its applications to active genetics.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BIMM 194 A00 / BGGN 283 A00
Instructor Rivera, Fabian
Title Bacterial Virulence Factors and Pathogenesis in the Mammalian Host
Description This course provides an overview of the field of bacterial pathogenesis. The goal of the course is to learn about the molecular mechanisms of bacterial virulence factors and microbial interactions within mammalian hosts. Students will focus on reading, critically evaluating, and presenting primary research literature.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BICD 194 B00 / BGGN 283 B00
Instructor Russell, Alistair
Title Molecular considerations in deep sequencing
Description Next-generation sequencing has been increasingly applied to different biological problems. The physical act of generating material for sequencing is not an unbiased process, and a number of different artifacts may color any given sequencing analysis. This class will introduce the methods used to generate sequencing libraries, and the caveats to their analysis. This class will involve reading and discussion of primary research literature.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BIMM 194 C00 / BGGN 283 C00
Instructor Wildonger, Jill
Title A CRISPR View of Gene Editing
Description CRISPR has emerged at the forefront of gene editing technologies. This course will cover the history of CRISPR, the cellular DNA repair pathways that are critical to CRISPR and other gene editing approaches, and the applications of CRISPR-based gene editing in research and disease treatment. Note: Due the overlap in content, students who have taken BISP 194 "Genome Editing: Past, Present, and Future" (Instructor Deborah Yelon) should not enroll in this course.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BIPN 194  A00 / BGGN 284 A00
Instructor Malinow, Roberto
Title History of LTP
Description Critical reading of relevant primary research publications.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BIPN 194  B00 / BGGN 284 B00
Instructor Glasgow, Stacey
Title Glia and Disease
Description In this course we will discuss recent literature pertaining to glial cell function and dysfunction in various disease states.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BISP 194  A00 / BGGN 285 A00
Instructor Chisholm, Andrew
Title Biology of Regeneration
Description Cellular and molecular genetic analysis of regenerative phenomena in a variety of animals.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BISP 194  B00 / BGGN 285 B00
Instructor Greenspan, Ralph
Title Neurobiology of Consciousness and Higher Cognition
Description The neurobiology of consciousness is an intriguing frontier in neuroscience research. This seminar will delve into the principal findings on human consciousness and its animals counterparts, covering experimental work showing higher cognition in mice, fruit flies, honeybees, jumping spiders, and the octopus.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BISP 194  C00 / BGGN 285 C00
Instructor Estelle, Mark
Title Topics in Plant Growth and Development
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..
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BISP 194  D00 / BGGN 285 D00
Instructor Briggs, Steven
Title Inbreeding depression/heterosis
Description We will read articles on inbreeding depression and heterosis in plants, animals, and humans. Students will present figures from the articles for class discussion. Grades will be based on class participation.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
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