BIOL5720 - Topics in Prokaryotic Biology: From Molecules to Microbiomes

Status
A
Activity
SEM
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Topics in Prokaryotic Biology: From Molecules to Microbiomes
Term
2024A
Syllabus URL
Subject area
BIOL
Section number only
401
Section ID
BIOL5720401
Course number integer
5720
Meeting times
TR 8:30 AM-9:59 AM
Meeting location
FAGN 110
Level
graduate
Instructors
Mark D Goulian
Description
This course will cover research articles from both the classic and contemporary literature on the genetics, cell biology, and physiology of prokaryotes. The material will focus on a small number of subjects in depth, with an emphasis on how the field has arrived at its current state of knowledge and on exciting new research directions. Possible topics include: stress responses, cell signaling, subcellular organization, bacteriophages, microbial communities, and host-microbe interactions.
Course number only
5720
Cross listings
BIOL4710401
Use local description
No

BIOL6010 - Communication for Biologists

Status
A
Activity
SEM
Section number integer
301
Title (text only)
Communication for Biologists
Term
2024A
Subject area
BIOL
Section number only
301
Section ID
BIOL6010301
Course number integer
6010
Level
graduate
Instructors
Brian Gregory
Dejian Ren
Description
Basic science writing and presentation skills for PhD students in Biology. Designed for second year graduate students preparing for qualifying exams. In the first half of the course, students will produce weekly writing assignments and critique writing submitted by others. In the second half, students will learn techniques for effective research presentations in both seminar style environments and chalk-talk settings.
Course number only
6010
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No

BIOL5825 - Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Superlab

Status
A
Activity
LAB
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Superlab
Term
2024A
Subject area
BIOL
Section number only
401
Section ID
BIOL5825401
Course number integer
5825
Meeting times
TR 1:45 PM-4:44 PM
Meeting location
LEVN L57
Level
graduate
Instructors
John D Wagner
Description
Intensive laboratory class where open-ended, interesting biological problems are explored using modern lab techniques. Topics may include protein structure/function studies; genetic screens, genomics and gene expression studies; proteomics and protein purification techniques; and molecular cloning and DNA manipulation. The course emphasizes developing scientific communication and independent research skills. Course topics reflect the interests of individual Biology faculty members. This course is recommended for students considering independent research.
Course number only
5825
Cross listings
BIOL4825401
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No

BIOL5711 - Microbial Diversity and Pathogenesis Lab

Status
A
Activity
LAB
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Microbial Diversity and Pathogenesis Lab
Term
2024A
Subject area
BIOL
Section number only
401
Section ID
BIOL5711401
Course number integer
5711
Meeting times
TR 12:00 PM-2:59 PM
Meeting location
LEVN L12
Level
graduate
Instructors
Karl G Siegert
Description
The importance of microbiology in complex issues, such as the impact of the microbiome in human health or as alternative energy sources, is being appreciated more and more each day. This upper level laboratory course provides students with a robust technical skill set while also giving them an opportunity to participate in an authentic research project that may lead to novel discoveries. Students will generate research questions, formulate hypotheses, design experiments, analyze data, and present their research findings to the class. In each project, students will use the cutting edge approach of metagenomics to evaluate the microbial diversity of their environment via Next Generation Sequencing. Students will also examine the function of microbial species within their communities. Potential projects include the isolation of novel antibiotic producers and the antibiotic they produce, designing and optimizing microbial fuel cells that can be used to generate electricity, or isolating antibiotic resistant bacteria and attempting novel approaches to inhibit or prevent their growth.
Course number only
5711
Cross listings
BIOL3711401
Use local description
No

BIOL5669 - Plant Physiology Through Space and Time

Status
A
Activity
SEM
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Plant Physiology Through Space and Time
Term
2024A
Subject area
BIOL
Section number only
401
Section ID
BIOL5669401
Course number integer
5669
Meeting times
F 12:00 PM-2:59 PM
Meeting location
LEVN L12
Level
graduate
Instructors
Brent R. Helliker
Description
This course is a lab/lecture/seminar hybrid that will meet once per week for three hours. Each session will consist of mini-lecture/lab, paper discussions/lab, or solely lab efforts. All reading assignments will be available on Canvas (no textbook fees). We will exam various aspects of photosynthesis, water relations and nutrient acquisition in the context of the evolutionary progression of higher plants. With each subject, we will consider, measure, and in some cases model whole-plant physiology while examining sub-cellular-level controls and ecosystem-to-global-level consequences. This course is designed to give molecular biologists through earth-system scientists the tools to measure and understand whole-plant physiological responses to molecular manipulation and environmental variability. All students will learn to appreciate the context of their work on both micro and macro scales.
Course number only
5669
Cross listings
BIOL4669401
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No

BIOL5615 - Freshwater Ecology

Status
A
Activity
LEC
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Freshwater Ecology
Term
2024A
Subject area
BIOL
Section number only
401
Section ID
BIOL5615401
Course number integer
5615
Meeting times
MW 3:30 PM-4:59 PM
Meeting location
CHEM 514
Level
graduate
Instructors
Melinda Daniels
Description
Survey of the physical, chemical and biological properties of freshwater ecosystems, both riverine and lentic, natural and polluted.
Course number only
5615
Cross listings
BIOL4615401, ENVS2390401
Use local description
No

BIOL5517 - Theoretical Population Biology

Status
A
Activity
SEM
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Theoretical Population Biology
Term
2024A
Subject area
BIOL
Section number only
401
Section ID
BIOL5517401
Course number integer
5517
Level
graduate
Instructors
Erol Akcay
Description
Introduction to basic theoretical tools to study the evolutionary and ecological dynamics of populations. Topics to be discussed include: basic population dynamics and population genetics theory, evolutionary game theory/adaptive dynamics, social evolution (kin selection/multilevel selection), life-history evolution, and stochastic models. Other topics may be added based on the specific interests of students in the class.
Course number only
5517
Cross listings
BIOL4517401
Use local description
No

BIOL5410 - Evolutionary Biology

Status
A
Activity
REC
Section number integer
406
Title (text only)
Evolutionary Biology
Term
2024A
Subject area
BIOL
Section number only
406
Section ID
BIOL5410406
Course number integer
5410
Meeting times
R 12:00 PM-12:59 PM
Meeting location
FAGN 112
Level
graduate
Instructors
Adam Abdullahi
Jack Beltz
Skyler Berardi
Maria Anna Maltepes
Description
Theories and mechanisms of evolution, with emphasis on the genetic basis of evolutionary change.
Course number only
5410
Cross listings
BIOL2410406
Use local description
No