BCB546X, Biology Data Skills, will teach students the fundamental skills of data processing, management, and analysis that are essential for working with large data sets. The course will include modules on basic UNIX commands, scripting in Python and R, version control using Git and GitHub, use of high performance computing clusters and writing effective data management plans. The book "Bioinformatics Data Skills" by Vince Buffalo, part of the O'Reilly computational series, will be the primary text for the course. This will be a 3-credit course meeting twice a week for 1.5 hours. Topics will be taught in class using a combination of lectures and computational exercises.
BIOL364: Biology of Invertebrates (next time: Fall 2017).
This course is an introduction to more than 97% of the animal kingdom. It is organized around 15 major higher invertebrate taxa. For each we will first learn a ground plan and then consider selected topics pertinent to the taxon. You can expect to learn about diversity, evolution, phylogeny, classification, anatomy, development, physiology, behavior, ecology, natural history, and biomechanics.
EEOB563: Molecular Phylogenetics (next time: Spring 2018).
This course is designed to introduce you to the theory and practice of phylogenetic analysis. The course emphasizes a hands-on approach to molecular phylogenetics and combines lecture presentations with computer exercises and discussion of original scientific literature.
EEB698: Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life (Fall 2013).
Mitochondria are among the most important and interesting organelles of eukaryotic cells. Not only do they generate most of the cell's supply of ATP and contain their own independent genome but also their origin marks the beginning of eukaryotes and their ongoing evolution may determine our future. Recently discovered roles of mitochondria in ageing and apoptosis led to a resurrection of interest in this organelle and to a rapid proliferation of literature on various topics in mitochondrial biology. This graduate seminar course is structured around Nick Lane's book “Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life” and involves student-led discussions exploring the biology and evolution of mitochondria.