Introduction to Genetics
The goal of the first part of the course is to provide a common foundation for all students in the major principles of molecular genetics upon which they can base more advanced studies. By the end of this course students are expected to understand the major principles of molecular genetics and the underlying processes by which cells and organisms replicate, repair, read, and translate their genetic codes. Students should achieve an advanced understanding of these topics that will allow them to read the primary research literature, understand the biological processes examined, and interpret the results in the larger context of molecular genetics. The goal of the second part is to build upon the first to provide a solid knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of Genetic model organisms, ranging from research in eukaryotes, and how they have developed as the field has matured. The goal of this course is to teach students modern methods of genetic analysis of model organisms, ranging from simple eukaryotic yeast to humans. Students will learn how to use molecular genetics to answer biological questions and read current literature in genetics. Experience with reading current primary literature in the field, and with the basics of microarray analysis and next generation sequencing (NGS).
- Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences