Dr. Thomas Hammond    

Teaching

BSC 204: Biological Investigations

Course overview and goals
Students learn how biologists think about science and formulate hypotheses, design experiments, collect and interpret data, and share results.

 

BSC 219: Genetics

Course overview and goals
Students develop an understanding of the basic facts and principles within the major subdisciplines of genetics.

BSC 290: Research in Biological Sciences

Course overview and goals
Undergraduate students perform molecular genetics research on meiotic drive and meiotic silencing by unpaired DNA (MSUD).

 

BSC 350: Molecular Biology

Course overview and goals
BSC 350 is a required course for majors in Molecular and Cellular Biology. The goal of this course is to provide students with an advanced understanding of gene structure, genome content, genome evolution, chromatin, chromosome dynamics, DNA replication and recombination, DNA repair processes, transposons and transposition mechanisms, hypermutation mechanisms, gene regulation, transcriptional mechanisms, mRNA stability and turnover, mRNA translation, epigenetic mechanisms, and noncoding RNAs. Key methods used in molecular biology research will be presented throughout the course. Prerequisites for this course are Cell Biology (BSC 203) and Genetics (BSC 219).
 

BSC 355: Genomics and Bioinformatics

Course overview and goals
Genome biology is a field of study that is rapidly expanding, with a staggering wealth of genetic information already present in publically available databases. Accessing this information is at the heart of bioinformatics. Considering that new sequencing technologies will greatly reduce the cost and speed of genome sequencing, it is very likely that the demand for genome biologists will increase, particularly with the emergence of personalized medicine. This course is aimed at teaching the fundamental principles and approaches for accessing genome-scale information.  In this course, students will be taught the essentials of genomic level research, including how to write and use simple computer programs to help analyze large data sets and how to use web-based bioinformatic utilities to answer important biological questions.

 

BSC 370.A3: Programmiing For Biologists

Course overview and goals
This course covers introductory programming for teh analysis of DNA, RNA, and protein sequences.

 

BSC 419: Advanced Molecular Biology

Course overview and goals
Graduate level analysis of fundamental and current topics in molecular biology.

 

BSC 420.02: Graduate Seminar in Genetics

Course overview and goals
Students read and discuss current primary research articles in genetics and genoimcs.

 

BSC 420.A37: Graduate seminar in cellular and molecular biology

Course overview and goals
Students learn how to give formal research presentations.