Courses

Genomics Journal/Project Club Moodle Site - Click on Moodle Guest Access - Password Biol892
Fall 2014 - Comparative genomics and evolution
Spring 2014 - Computational analysis of microbial community sequence data and the development of ecological models
Fall 2013 - Comparative genomics
Fall 2012 - Microbial genomics and metagenomics

Evolutionary Genetics Moodle Site - Click on Moodle Guest Access - Password Biol597
The course deals with evolutionary processes on a molecular and genetic level and provides training in analytical methods related to detecting genetic variation, phylogenetics, recombination, horizontal gene transfer, comparative genomics, and the analysis of microbiomes. The course contains three intellectual parts: genetic variation (mutation process, evolutionary rates, the molecular clock, and selection and neutral evolution at the molecular level), genome evolution (genome size, the evolution of chromosomes, the evolution of introns, gene/genome duplication, genome reduction, transposons, retroelements, gene conversion, and horizontal gene transfer) and evolution of genetic systems (the evolution of sex and sexual reproduction, recombination rates, sex ratios, genomic conflict, viral RNA genomes and bacterial transduction, transformation and conjugation). This course will also include a weekly computer lab and discussion of the social, ethical and legal issues surrounding genetic technology and evolutionary biology.

Advanced Genetics Moodle Site - Click on Moodle Guest Access - Password Biol583
This course covers current techniques in genetics and genomics, their use in answering fundamental questions in biology and the social, ethical and legal issues surrounding genetic technology. Theoretical background and experimental approaches will be emphasized. Topics will include, but are not limited to DNA sequencing technology, genome structure and evolution, genome wide expression analysis, bioinformatics, human microbiomes, personal genomics, and the genetics of disease. Students will have the opportunity to determine SNPs in their own genome through 23andMe.

Bioinformatics and Genomics Drupal Site
The course emphasizes the strong interdependence of Genomics and Bioinformatics. Genomics produces large scale data sets that require bioinformatic methods for data storage, manipulation and analysis. Neither could produce meaningful results without the other, yet they are traditionally placed in separate disciplines. By teaching both approaches together, this course will give students the ability to formulate genome-related hypotheses and provide the practical skills for solving the closely interlinked experimental-analytical problems that genomics approaches involve.

Introduction to Microbiology Moodle Site - Click on Guest Access - Password Guest310
Microbes are everywhere: around us, on us and inside us. In fact, it is very difficult to find an environment on Earth that does not support some form of microbial life. Through this course, we will aim to understand how microbes became so immensely successful at colonizing every possible habitat on the planet.