194: Winter 2018 Course Descriptions


Course BICD 194
Instructor Dr. Yang Xu
Title Stem Cells and Cancer
Section ID 925797
Description

This seminar-style course will introduce the milestones in stem cell biology and its relationship to cancer. Another goal is to improve the skill of the students to read and comprehend original research papers. One paper will be discussed by a group of students during each lecture.

Prerequisites

Cell Biology (BICD 110); upper division standing

Course BIEB 194
Instructor Dr. Kaustuv Roy
Title Ecological Future of a Warm and Crowded Planet
Section ID 925952
Description

In this course, we will explore how three major anthropogenic stressors, climate change, resources exploitation and urbanization, are changing the ecology of the planet. We will also discuss the economic and societal impacts of such changes and some of the strategies for adapting to such ecological transformations.

Prerequisites Introductory Ecology: Organisms and Habitats (BIEB 102); upper division standing

Course BIMM 194
Instructor Dr. Jeff Hasty
Title Quantitative Biology 
Section ID 926164
Description

This survey course will feature pedagogical research presentations from qBIO faculty across campus. There will be graded (online) quizzes on reading assignments and in-class use of iClicker.

Prerequisites Molecular Biology (BIMM 100); upper division standing 
Course BIMM 194
Instructor Dr. Cornelis Murre
Title Epigenetics in Gene Regulation, Development and Cancer
Section ID 926165
Description

There is now ample evidence that the genome is highly structured. Chromosomes are organized into distinct separate units also named territories. The territories in turn are structured into transcriptionally permissive and repressive compartments. These compartments are structured into topologically associated domains that contain clusters of loops. Such domains are characterized by the deposition of epigenetic marks such as DNA methylation and histone modifications. During the differentiation of progenitor cells, a subset of genomic regions reposition from the transcriptional permissive to the repressive compartment and vice versa. In this course, we will discuss how epigenetics affects the gene regulation, developmental progression and cancer ontogeny.

Prerequisites Molecular Biology (BIMM 100); upper division standing
Course BIMM 194
Instructor Dr. Barry Grant
Title Genomics, Big Data and Human Health
Section ID 929912
Description

The Big Data revolution in biology and health care is here. This course reviews how recent advances, particularly in genomics, have the exciting potential to shift medicine from a reactive practice of treating symptoms and diseases, to one where disease risk is diagnosed early or even managed prior to onset.

Prerequisites Molecular Biology (BIMM 100); upper division standing

Course BIPN 194
Instructor

Dr. Susan Ackerman

Title Molecular Basis of Neurodegeneration
Section ID 926247
Description

Neurodegenerative disorders are common in the elderly population and are incurable. In this course, students will explore our current understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration by presenting and discussing primary scientific literature.

Prerequisites

Human Physiology I (BIPN 100) OR Cellular Neurobiology (BIPN 140); upper division standing. Genetics (BICD 100) and/or Molecular Biology (BIMM 100) is highly recommended

Course BISP 194
Instructor Dr. Alysson Muotri
Title Molecular Basis of Neural Function and Neural Disease
Section ID 926249
Description

Students will read and critically evaluate published articles in the scientific literature on the basis of neurological diseases, ranging from developmental disorders such as autism and mental retardation, to neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, to neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression

Prerequisites

Genetics (BICD 100); upper division standing.


Course BISP 194
Instructor Dr. John Newsam
Title Biotech Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Section ID 926248
Description

This course is designed to introduce senior biology undergraduates to biotechnology business and to the coupling of entrepreneurship with scientific innovation. Adhering to an interactive workshop format, participants contribute and apply semi-structured methods to business concepts and business model development, and are introduced to the mechanics of founding and building a new business endeavor.

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.