The following courses have minimum prerequisites for undergraduate degrees in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, or microbiology with a concentration in genetics, organic chemistry, general biochemistry, or general microbiology.
(S) Molecular Genetics (3)
Prokaryotic and eukaryotic molecular genetics. Bacteria, bacteriophage, yeast, nematodes, Drosophila, plants, and mammals.
Vershon. Prerequisites: 16:115:501, 502.
(S) Introduction to Molecular Medicine (3)
Application of molecular and cell biology to a wide variety of human diseases; recent advances in understanding basic mechanisms.
(S) Current Concepts of Immunology (3)
Organization and evolution of the immune system, genetic basis of generation of diversity, MHC gene structure and function, development and selection of lymphocytes, lymphocyte activation, and the regulation of immune tolerance.
Shi. Offered every two years.
(F) Molecular Virology (3)
Detailed consideration of fundamental physical-chemical properties, schemes of classification, genetics, and modes of replication of selected animal viruses.
(S) Cancer Molecular Biology (3)
Emphasis on the molecular, cellular, and genetic bases for cancer. Oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. Signal transduction and cell cycle control in cancer cells. Metastasis. Diagnosis and therapy. Recent understanding of the molecular basis of selected human cancers. Lectures and critical discussion of the current literature.
Advanced Topics in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (3)
Guidance and practice in
writing a biological research grant proposal. Topics include funding agencies,
types of grants, forms, budgets, proposal format, and the review process.
Students will be required to write and critique research proposals. Preparation for the writing of the research
proposal required as part of the oral preliminary exam.
Special Topics in Molecular Biology (1)
A journal club course covering current literature in the field of RNA biology.
(S) Teaching of Microbiology (2)
Laboratory teaching experience with faculty direction and mentoring.
Kinzy, et al. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required.
Teaching Techniques in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (2)
Guidance and practical experience in the teaching of microbiology and molecular genetics.
Prerequisite: Open only to matriculated students in the graduate program in microbiology and molecular genetics.
Laboratory Rotation in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (2,2,2,2)
Half-semester research projects of interest to the student in faculty laboratories.
Prerequisite: Written approval of program director. Open only to matriculated students in the graduate program.
Independent Studies in Microbiology and Molecular Biology (BA,BA)
Library research project normally leading to a nonthesis essay for master's degree candidates.
Prerequisites: Permission of faculty adviser and program director.
Topics in the Translation of Research to Medicine (1)
The interfaces between basic, translational, and clinical research. An introduction to the translational research problem and discussion
of papers in the area of basic science that may become translational or clinical/translational papers.
Seminar in Molecular Genetics and Microbial Physiology (1)
Topics in molecular medicine. Informal critical description and discussion of current literature and concepts.
Seminar in Virology, Immunology, and Pathogenic Microbiology: Yeast Genetics (1)
The application of fungal systems to molecular and cellular biology--yeast genetics. Informal critical description and discussion of current literature and concepts.
Seminar on Chromatin Remodeling and Gene Expression (1)
remodeling and gene regulation in eukaryotic organisms. Current
literature in primary scientific journals. Each
student will lead a group discussion once during the semester. The
group is composed of students, postdoctoral associates, and
Seminar in Computational Molecular Biology: Molecular Networks (1)
Intended for molecular biosciences graduate students as a
gentle introduction to the analysis of protein-protein interactions
(interactome) and genetic regulatory circuits
(regulome). Large quantities of data are being obtained using two-hybrid
experiments, protein and DNA microarrays, co-immunoprecipitation, RNAi, mass
spectroscopy, digital imaging, and other techniques. The organisms that have
been investigated include bacteria, yeast, C. elegans, Drosophila, Arabidopsis,
mice, and humans. The data are being used to answer questions about the
regulation of gene expression, protein localization, signal transduction,
cellular differentiation, cancer, and other human diseases. Using examples from
the recent literature, we will explore how these data are being analyzed to
yield useful information.
Research in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (BA,BA)