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Biological Sciences

New Graduate Courses

This page provides information about courses to be offered in upcoming semesters that are either new courses, not yet in the Graduate Catalog, or courses for which the topic changes each time it is taught.

New graduate courses are taught as sections of BIOL 590 or 490. Different sections of BIOL 490 or 590 are usually entirely different courses taught by different faculty.

Graduate seminars (BIOL 595 and BIOL 596) have a different topic each time they are taught.

Spring 2019

Topics in Cellular and Molecular Biology: Chemoprevention of Cancer and DNA Damage by Dietary Factors - 17551 - BIOL 595 - 001

Credit hours: 2.0
Schedule: TBA
Location: TBA
Instructor: Dr. Chris Theodorakis

This is a graduate seminar course, open only to graduate students and can be counted as one of the two graduate seminar courses (BIOL595/596) required for the Master’s degree in Biological Sciences. The course involves the examination in depth of topics in organismal biology by means of seminars, discussions, readings, and papers.

Topics to be covered include:

• Induction of DNA Damage and Cancer by Dietary Factors
• Mechanisms of chemoprevention, antimutagenesis, and anticarcinogenesis
• Antioxidants and Cancer
• Metabolism as a target for nutritional chemoprevention of cancer
• Dietary regulation of carcinogenic signaling pathways
• Endocrine-related cancers and phytochemicals

The format of this course is that, each meeting, students will take turns giving a PowerPoint “lecture” summarizing one chapter, followed by group discussion of current literature relating to the book chapters.

For more information about this course, please contact Dr. Theodorakis.

Topics in Cellular and Molecular Biology: Microbiomics - 17550 - BIOL 595 - 002

Credit hours: 2.0
Schedule: TBA
Location: TBA
Instructor: Dr. Britt Peterson

This is a graduate seminar course, open only to graduate students and can be counted as one of the two graduate seminar courses (BIOL595/596) required for the Master’s degree in Biological Sciences. The course involves the examination in depth of topics in organismal biology by means of seminars, discussions, readings, and papers.

Complex microbial communities are of growing interest and importance in medicine, agriculture, and ecology. The rapid advancement of next-generation sequencing and ‘omics technologies have made studying these communities of uncultivable and unidentified microbes more accessible. We’ll discuss the design, logistics, and analysis of microbiome studies and how to interpret them in clinical, industrial, and ecological contexts.

For more information about this course, please contact Dr. Peterson.

Topics in Organismal Biology: Sustainable Agriculture - 14899 - BIOL 596 - 001

Credit hours: 2.0
Schedule: TBA
Location: TBA
Instructor: Dr. Zhi-Qing Lin

This is a graduate seminar course, open only to graduate students and can be counted as one of the two graduate seminar courses (BIOL595/596) required for the Master’s degree in Biological Sciences. The course involves the examination in depth of topics in organismal biology by means of seminars, discussions, readings, and papers.

The course will discuss concepts, principles and ecological characteristics of sustainable agriculture, and will examine common practices for developing and managing sustainable agricultural production systems in the US. The discussion topics will include, but are not limited to, organic farming and certification, biofortification and functional foods, soil quality and conservation, pest management and agricultural environment pollution control.

For more information about this course, please contact Dr. Z-Q Lin.

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Inquiries

Department of Biological Sciences
Graduate Program Inquiries
Office Phone: (618) 650-3927
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