BIOL 315
Microbiology: Diversity, Cellular Physiology, and Interactions Fall 2014
Division III
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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.
The Class: Format: lectures, three hours a week; laboratory, three hours a week
Limit: 24
Expected: 24
Class#: 1307
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on three exams, a lab report, and a poster presentation or term paper
Prerequisites: BIOL 202
Enrollment Preferences: senior and then to junior Biology majors
Unit Notes: does not satisfy the distribution requirement in the Biology major
Distributions: Division III
Attributes: BIMO Interdepartmental Electives
ENVS Group EB-A Electives
INST Global Health Studies Electives
PHLH Biomedical Determinants of Health

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