BIOL 315 Fall 2014 Microbiology: Diversity, Cellular Physiology, and Interactions

Bioterrorism and the alarming spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria are but two of the reasons for the resurgence of interest in the biology of microorganisms. This course will examine microbes from the perspectives of cell structure and function, genomics, and evolution. A central theme will be the adaptation of bacteria as they evolve to fill specific ecological niches, with an emphasis on microbe:host interactions that lead to pathogenesis. We will consider communication among bacteria as well as between bacteria and their environment. Topics include: microbial development, population dynamics, bioremediation, plant and animal defenses against infection, and bacterial strategies to subvert the immune system. In the lab, major projects will focus on horizontal gene transfer, metagenomics, and the isolation and characterization of bacteria from natural environments. Students will also use flow cytometry to investigate fundamental aspects of the mammalian immune system. The lab experience will culminate in multi-week independent investigations. Readings will be supplemented by articles from the primary literature.
Class Format: lectures, three hours a week; laboratory, three hours a week
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on three exams, a lab report, and a poster presentation or term paper
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Prerequisites: BIOL 202
Enrollment Preference: senior and then to junior Biology majors
Department Notes: does not satisfy the distribution requirement in the Biology major
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: BIMO Interdepartmental Electives, ENVS Group EB-A Electives,INST Global Health Studies Electives,PHLH Biomedical Determinants of Health
Enrollment Limit: 24
Expected Enrollment: 24
Class Number: 1307
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
BIOL 315 - 01 (F) LEC Microbiology Division 3: Science and Mathematics Anne Farewell
MWF 09:00 AM-09:50 AM Physics 113 1307
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