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BI**194 / BGGN 280-285: Winter 2023 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 Ernst, Andreas
Title Mechanistic Cell Biology
Description Analysis of recent publications in the field of mechanistic cell biology/cellular biochemistry. Discussion of methods & biology, followed by student presentations.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BICD 194 A00 / BGGN 281 A00
Instructor Forbes, Douglass
Title Scientific Breakthroughs of Diverse Origin
Description People do science. This course will focus on past and present scientific breakthroughs and the diversity of scientists that pushed them forward. At times, guest scientists of diverse background will share their stories, hurdles, and successful career strategies. Coursework will include full class participation in discussing breakthroughs, scientists, and career strategies, followed by a written research presentation on a diverse scientist. Scientists of interest for the latter could include: (1) a key diverse contributor to the identification of the AIDs virus, (2) the prime discoverer of autophagy (or how cells rid themselves of aging components), (3) a major diverse expert on the phage therapy pioneered to fight drug-resistant bacterial infections, and (4) the diverse visionaries of RNA vaccine technology used to fight COVID-19.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BIMM 194 A00 / BGGN 283 A00
Instructor Akbari, Omar
Title Molecular Biology and Genetics of Insects
Description This course covers biotechnology applications as applied to Insects.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BIMM 194 B00 / BGGN 283 B00
Instructor Murre, Cornelis
Title Epigenetic in Gene Regulation, Development and Cancer
Description The course is focused on epigenetic mechanisms that control gene expression. There will be a heavy emphasis on understanding the basis of design, execution and interpretation of relevant scientific experiments. The goal of the course is to read, critically evaluate and present primary data from research articles.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BIMM 194 C00 / BGGN 283 C00
Instructor Hasty, Jeff M
Title TBD
Description TBD
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BIPN 194 A00 / BGGN 284 A00
Instructor Banghart, Matthew
Title Neuropharmacology
Description Pharmacology is fundamental to neurobiology research and its principles underlie the actions of therapeutic drugs. This course will address advanced concepts in neuropharmacology and explore the current state of neuropharmacology research at the molecular, cellular, and neural systems levels through a critical reading of primary research publications.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BIPN 194 B00 / BGGN 284 B00
Instructor Leutgeb, Jill
Title Brain 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 brain’s “inner GPS” system. Students will present and discuss the primary literature describing the current state of the field and recent implications for therapeutic intervention in human disease.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BIPN 194 C00 / BGGN 284 C00
Instructor Ackerman, Susan
Title Molecular and Cellular Basis of Neurodegeneration
Description Neurodegenerative disorders are common, particularly in the aging population. Genetic analysis demonstrates that these disorders likely have divergent causes. Furthermore, the majority of the prevalent disorders are sporadic with unknown causes. The goal of this course is to provide basic knowledge on neurodegenerative disorders and to discuss cutting-edge research on the molecular and cellular causes of neuron loss in these disorders. Course meetings will be student-led discussions of primary research literature.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BISP 194 A00 / BGGN 285 A00
Instructor Yelon, Deborah
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.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BISP 194 B00 / BGGN 285 B00
Instructor Newsam, John
Title Biotech Entrepreneurship
Description This course introduces senior undergraduates to biotechnology business and to the coupling of entrepreneurship with scientific innovation. With an interactive, workshop format, participants will apply semi-structured methods to business concept and business model development, and be introduced to the mechanics of founding and building a new business endeavor.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BISP 194 C00 / BGGN 285 C00
Instructor Niwa Rosen, Maho
Title Human Diseases caused by protein folding failure
Description Failures of protein folding have been widely recognized for causes of many different types of human diseases including neurodegenerative, genetic, or metabolic diseases. You will learn how to (1) read primary research papers with critical eyes, (2) prepare and make strong presentations, and (3) form good questions and constructive criticisms.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BISP 194 D00 / BGGN 285 D00
Instructor Smith, Laurie
Title Biological Determinants of Sex and Gender
Description How do X and Y chromosomes determine biological sex in mammals? How is this process modified to produce intersex outcomes? Are the brains of XX and XY mammals different anatomically or functionally? Can we connect these differences to gender? We will read and discuss primary research literature addressing these topics.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.
Course BISP 194 E00 / BGGN 285 E00
Instructor Rifkin, Scott
Title Genes as followers vs. genes as leaders in evolution
Description This discussion seminar will explore the roles of plasticity, gene-environment interactions, and development in shaping the direction of evolution. Readings will include key papers and book chapters from 125 years ago to today. Specific topics may include developmental bias, developmental plasticity, canalization, genetic accommodation, reaction norms, alternative phenotypes, modularity, niche construction, heterochrony, and/or homology.
Prerequisites Please see the Biology Course Prerequisites page for most current prerequisite information.

 

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