BIOL 426: Systems Biology
Fall 2017 (every other Fall; cross-listed as the graduate course BIOL 526)
Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:15 pm

Systems Biology uses quantitative approaches including theory and computation to understand the dynamics and steady-state behaviors that emerge from physiological systems. Topics will include transcriptional networks and their common motifs, robustness in chemotaxis and development, noise and variability, and optimality in metabolism. Textbook is “An Introduction to Systems Biology: Design Principles of Biological Circuits” (Uri Alon, Chapman & Hall/CRC).
Prerequisites: BIOL 115, MATH 170.


BIOL 454: Biochemistry II
Spring 2018 (every Spring; cross-listed as the graduate courses BIOL 554 and CHEM 542)
Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-4:45 pm

This course is the 2nd semester of a year-long treatment of the biochemistry of life which discusses the structure, function, and metabolism of major biomolecules of living systems. Emphasis is given to:

  • Protein structure, activity, signaling.
  • Pace and “goals” of metabolism.
  • Biochemistry as tools.
  • Biochemistry of drugs and dinner.

Textbook is “Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry” (Nelson and Cox, Freeman).

Prerequisite: BIOL 380.

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