BIOL 319
Integrative Bioinformatics, Genomics, and Proteomics Lab Fall 2009
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
Cross-listed CSCI 319 / MATH 319 / BIOL 319 / PHYS 319 / CHEM 319
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What can computational biology teach us about cancer? In this capstone experience for the Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics program, computational analysis and wet-lab investigations will inform each other, as students majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics/statistics, and physics contribute their own expertise to explore how ever-growing gene and protein data-sets can provide key insights into human disease. In this course, we will take advantage of one well-studied system, the highly conserved Ras-related family of proteins, which play a central role in numerous fundamental processes within the cell. The course will integrate bioinformatics and molecular biology, using database searching, alignments and pattern matching, and recombinant DNA techniques to reconstruct the evolution of the RAS gene family by focusing on the gene duplication events and gene rearrangements that have occurred over the course of eukaryotic speciation. By utilizing high through-put approaches to investigate genes involved in various signal transduction pathways, students will identify pathways that are aberrantly activated in mammalian cell lines carrying a mutant, constantly active Ras protein. This functional genomic strategy will be coupled with microscopic examination of tissue sections from a variety of human colon tumors, using phosphorylation-state specific antisera, to test our hypotheses. Proteomic analysis will introduce the students to de novo structural prediction and threading algorithms, as well as data-mining approaches to identify specific amino acids involved in protein-protein contacts. Flow cytometry and mass spectrometry will be used to study networks of interacting proteins in normal colon and colon tumor tissue.
The Class: Format: lab, with one-hour of lecture per week
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 1331
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on lab participation and several short papers/lab reports
Prerequisites: Biology 202; alternatively, students who have not taken Biology 202 but have taken Biology 101/AP Biology and Computer Science 315 or Physics 315 or Computer Science 106, may enroll with permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: seniors, then juniors/sophomores
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
CSCI 319 Division III MATH 319 Division III BIOL 319 Division III PHYS 319 Division III CHEM 319 Division III
Attributes: BGNP Core Courses
BIMO Interdepartmental Electives

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