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Fall 2011-2012
* MOL 380B (STL)  

Modern Microbiology and Disease

Aleksandra Snyder

This course examines the modern field of molecular biology through the lens of bacteria, viruses and parasites, emphasizing the impact of microbes on everyday life. Topics will include pathogenesis (evolution of communicable diseases, molecular mechanisms of virulence, antibiotic resistance), microbial biology (cell division and differentiation, quorum sensing), and how microbes interact with their habitat (microbial diversity, biofilms, bioremediation, symbiosis). We will discuss papers that illustrate how microbes advance our understanding of basic biological principles.


Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
5-15 pages from textbooks and 4-6 pages from a research article per week. Weekly lab reports (1-3 pages).

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Final Exam - 30%
Quizzes - 10%
Lab Reports - 20%
Papers - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
MOL214, MOL 215 or permission of instructor..

Other information:
Both canonical and state of the art approaches will be explored in the lab.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23529 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   Jadwin Hall   A06   Enrolled:9 Limit:20
23528 B01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Thomas Laboratory   002   Enrolled:9 Limit:20