Recent biomedical discoveries have been greatly advanced through the development of innovative, state-of-the-art techniques. For example, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) has proved to be an invaluable tool in both efforts to determine the atomic structure of proteins and small molecules as well as in clinical settings. This course introduces students to a variety of cutting-edge laboratory techniques and discusses the impact of these techniques on biology and medicine. Students have the unique opportunity to learn from graduate students employing these approaches in their doctoral studies. Topics include: human brain neuroimaging, next-generation DNA sequencing, CRISPR-Cas gene editing and many more. Weekly classes consist of a 30-45-minute presentation on a particular technique, followed by 60-minute discussion of the assigned readings. Students will be evaluated on class participation, answers to weekly research based questions and two longer written assignments. Prerequisites: Biology 2960 and 2970 and at least one semester of BIO500 or equivalent research experience approved by the course master.
Course Attributes: FA NSM; AR NSM; AS NSM