194: Fall 2017 Course Descriptions

Course BIMM 194
Instructor Dr. Stephen Mayfield
Title Biofuels and Bio-Products                  
Section ID 916524
Description This course provides students with an interdisciplinary exposure to the new biology-based industry of photosynthetic biofuels and bio-products. It includes guest lectures from a series of outstanding speakers, including local industry leaders, to cover diverse topics related to biofuels and bio-products. Students will also discuss current primary literature covering the state-of-the-art field.
Prerequisites Molecular Biology (BIMM 100); upper division standing
Course BIMM 194
Instructor Dr. Eric Allen
Title Metagenomics
Section ID 916525
Description

This course will provide an introduction to the field of metagenomics, the application of cultivation-independent environmental genome sequence data for analyzing microbial communities. Topics will include major questions in microbial biology that can be addressed using genomic approaches, a survey of bioinformatics tools commonly used to analyze metagenomics data (genome assembly, taxonomic binning, annotation, and comparative genomics), and post-genomic methodologies that can be employed to investigate natural microbial phenomena relevant to environmental biology, human health, and biotechnology.

Prerequisites Molecular Biology (BIMM 100); upper division standing
Course BIMM 194
Instructor

Dr. Jan Karlseder and Dr. Alan Saghatelian

Title Genetics, Metabolism, and Chemical Biology of Cancer                   
Section ID 916526
Description

Cancer is the 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 than 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 the 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
Instructor Dr. Yishi Jin
Title Synapse and Autism
Section ID 916592
Description

Synapses are where the actions of the nervous system take place! Many neurological diseases are associated with synapse dysfunction. The goals of the course are to provide basic knowledge on how synapses are formed and regulated, and to discuss cutting-edge research on understanding the causative associations of genes in Autism. Specifically, we will focus on the key studies that reveal the tripartite components of the synapse, and discuss representative research on understanding autism-associated genetic mutations on synapses and behaviors using animal models.

Prerequisites

Human Physiology I (BIPN 100) OR Cellular Neurobiology (BIPN 140); upper division standing

Course BISP 194
Instructor Dr. Nigel Crawford
Title Integrative Medicine
Section ID 916593
Description

Biology of integrative medicine including physiology, immunology, molecular and cellular biology of wellness and healing. Topics include mind-body interactions

Prerequisites Genetics (BICD 100); upper division standing
Course BISP 194
Instructor Dr. Deborah Yelon
Title Genome Editing: Past, Present and Future
Section ID 916594
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.