MBB Lecture and Seminar Courses

Course #Title and DescriptionCreditsCourse Coordinator
01:090:101 (62)

Byrne Seminar: ExoBiology: Is there Life on Other Planets? (Fall)

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Byrne Seminar: Making Mutants: Understanding the Control of Gene Expression Through the Analysis of Mutant Genes (Fall)

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01:090:101

Byrne Seminar: Great Ideas in Biology (Spring)

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Byrne Seminar: The Future is Solar: Harnessing Sunlight to Meet Worldside Energy Demands (Spring)

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01:090:274

Genes and Evolution - Honors course (Spring)

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01:694:214

Introduction to Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Research for First year students 

Basic principles and methods of research, followed by a research project: analyses of molecular clones from eukaryotic cDNA libraries. Description of research opportunities at the University available to undergraduates.  (Spring)

Prerequisites: Limited to Freshman students who have passed the AP Biology exam.

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Contact Dr. Vershon by e-mail for special permission number

01:694:215

Honors Introduction to Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Research

Basic principles and methods of research, followed by a research project: analysis of mutants in a yeast transcriptional regulatory protein. Description of research opportunities at the University available to undergraduates.  (Fall)

Prerequisites: Limited to Freshman Honors students who have passed the AP Biology exam.

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01:694:230

Analytical Methods in Biology

Mathematical methods and tools to analyze and interpret biological and biomedical data, including Probability Theory, Bayes Theorem, the Binomial, Poisson and Normal distributions, limit theorems, error analysis, tests of statistical significance, parameter estimation, curve fitting, sampling techniques, random number generation and Monte Carlo methods. Analysis of sequencing and microarray data, such as sequence alignment, phylogeny inference, population structure, selection and human migration

Prerequisites: 01:119:101/102 or 115/116, and 640:135 or 151.

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01:694:301

Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Chemistry and metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and other biologically important compounds.  (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Prerequisites: 01:160:209 or 307-308. Not for students majoring in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.

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01:694:313

Introduction to Biochemistry Laboratory

Not for students majoring in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.  (Spring, Summer) 

Pre- or corequisites: 01:694:301.

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01:694:315

Introduction to Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Research

Basic principles and methods of research, followed by a research project: analyses of molecular clones from eukaryotic cDNA libraries. Description of research opportunities at the university available to undergraduates. (Spring)

Pre-requisites: 01:119:102 or 01:119:116, and 01:160:162 or 01:160:164. This course is now open to all students with the appropriate pre-requisites.

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Contact Dr. Mead by e-mail for special permission number and section
01:694:383

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Seminar: Careers in Science

Introduction to the MBB major and requirements. Discussions on how to find a laboratory to conduct independent research. Discussion of career options in the life sciences. (Fall)

Pre- or corequisites: Junior MBB Majors only.

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01:694:407

Biochemistry

Disciplines of biochemistry and molecular biology as interlocking and mutually complementary fields of study. Protein structure and function, lipids, membranes and carbohydrates, catalysis of biochemical reactions, intermediary metabolism, oxidative phosphorylation, membrane transport, lipid metabolism, signal transduction, photosynthesis, protein secretion, targeting and turnover, nitrogen, amino acid, and nucleotide metabolism. (Fall)

Pre-requisites: 01:160:307-308 or 315-316.

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01:694:408

 

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Disciplines of biochemistry and molecular biology as interlocking and mutually complementary fields of study. Recombinant DNA approaches, DNA replication, repair and recombination, mobile genetic elements, transcription and gene regulation, RNA splicing, translation, viral gene expression. (Spring)

Pre-requisites: 694:407 (preferred), 694:301, 115:301, or 115:403.

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01:694:411

Molecular Pathways and Signal Transduction

Lectures and discussion of current research areas of advanced molecular and structural biology: transcription, posttranscriptional regulation, cell cycle, neurobiology, protein folding, macromolecular recognition, molecular virology. (Fall)

Prerequisites: 01:694:407-408 or 01:447:384-385 or 11:115:403-404 or 11:126:481.

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01:694:412

Proteomics and Functional Genomics

Survey of modern techniques of protein biochemistry, bioinformatics, proteomics, and functional genomics, including basic concepts of protein structure and function, protein folding, protein characterization and purification, enzyme kinetics, NMR and X-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, and various techniques and approaches to functional and structural genomics. (Spring)

MBB Students only by special permission number. Contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a number. Prerequisites: 01:694:407, 408 and 01:447:380 or permission of instructor.

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Meets in CABM Rm 208

01:694:413

Chromatin and Epigenomics: the science of chromatin modifications in development and disease

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to chromatin dynamics and epigenomics, the science of the structural and biochemical modifications of chromatin that underlie epigenetic states and their effects on gene expression and development. (Fall)

Prerequisite:694:408 or 447:385 or 146:478.

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01:694:414

Harnessing Solar Energy - A Major Scientific Challenge with Foremost Societal Impact for the 21st Century

Strategies used by nature to absorb and convert solar energy into other forms for storage or work (force generation). Quantitative accounting of solar energy utilization and losses in biology and analogous man-made solar devices and biological energy conversion (energy metabolism). Natural photosynthesis and how efficiently it can harness solar energy to produce biofuels. Emerging knowledge will be presented on the development of the synthetic ÔÇťartificial leaf."

Prerequisites: 119:101,102; 160:307 or 160:315; 750:203 or 750:201 or 750:194; and 640:151 or 640:135. Co-requisites:160:308 or 160:316; 640:152 or 640:138; and 750:204 or 750:202 or 750:195

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01:694:420

Special Topics in Molecular Biology: (not offered in Fall 2015)

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01:694:421

Special Topics in Molecular Biology: The Biology of Aging (Spring 2016)

This course will discuss state-of-the-art understanding of the biology of aging and longevity, considering what we know, what are particular challenges to tackling the problem, what are the controversies, what are the myths.  Topics we will consider are genetics, diet, environment, chance, signaling pathways, epigenetics, late onset diseases.  Format will be lecture plus reading discussions, emphasis on molecular genetics of longevity and health span.

Prerequisites: 01:119:101/102 or 115/116 and 447:380 or 447:385/385 and 694:301 or 694:407.

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01:694:484

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Seminar: Research Presentations

Oral presentation of student's own research results and the research interests of the laboratory with which the student is associated. A required poster session of student research. (Spring)

Pre-requisites: MBB Majors only 01:694:315 and 407-408. Co-requisites: 694:482, 490, or 496.

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01:694:492

Gene Regulation in Cancer and Development

Advanced molecular studies of modern eukaryotic genetic and developmental issues. Experimental approaches focusing on current research questions, including control of gene expression in yeast, Drosophila and C. elegans developmental genetics, and molecular biology of cancer and oncogenesis. (Spring)

Pre- or corequisite: 01:694:407-408 or 01:447:384-385 or 11:115:403-404 or 11:126:481.

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