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204A  Macromolecular Structure & Interactions A  (4 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): J. Gross, J. Fraser       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Lecture, Project

This course seeks to achieve a rigorous understanding of the physical principles of macromolecular structure and interactions, and the methods used to define the molecular basis for macromolecular interactions and their function in biology.

204B  Macromolecular Structure and Interactions B  (4 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): R. Stroud, O. Rosenberg       Prerequisite(s): BIOPHYSICS 204A

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Project

This course seeks to achieve a rigorous understanding of the physical principles of macromolecular structure and interactions, and the methods used to define the molecular basis for macro molecular interactions and their function in biology.

205A  Physical Underpinnings of Biological Systems (PUBS)  (2.5 - 4 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): M. Kampmann       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Laboratory, Project

This course will teach the fundamentals of dissecting and understanding complex biological systems using didactic instruction in addition to practical lab experience in the context of a team based project. For each project, students will learn and use modern genomic and proteomic tools to characterize transcriptional circuits within a model organism.

205B  Complex Biological Systems B  (2.5 - 4 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): S. Altschuler, H. Goodarzi, L. Wu       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Laboratory, Project

This course will teach the fundamentals of dissecting and understanding complex biological systems using didactic instruction in addition to practical lab experience in the context of a team based project. For each project, students will learn and use modern genomic and proteomic tools to characterize transcriptional circuits within a model organism. This course is a continuation of material introduced in 205A.

210  Biological Light Microscopy  (4 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): K. Thorn       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: No first year students. Laboratory space is limited to 24 students; instructor permission required.       Activities: Lecture, Laboratory

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to light microscopy as it is commonly used for imaging biological samples. No previous experience with microscopy is assumed; the course begins with basic optics and covers the design and operation of modern research microscopes. Advanced techniques including confocal microscopy, TIRF, and super-resolution techniques are covered. This course includes both labs and lectures.

215  Laboratory Rotation  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor

Activities: Laboratory

A laboratory rotation course to acquaint first-year Biophysics students with the various approaches to biophysical research. Students will rotate through 3-4 labs.

219  Special Topics in Biophysics  (3 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: First-year graduate students; other graduate and professional students with permission of instructor.       Activities: Lecture, Conference, Independent Study

Each course offering will focus on the literature of a current important area of Biophysics. Students will be expected to read assigned papers critically before class and to present and discuss papers in class. Students will also be expected to write and present a brief research proposal based upon their reading. Topics in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Systems and Computational Biology will be covered in individual courses.

220  Biophysics Seminar  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): A. Frankel

Activities: Lecture

Selected topics by guest lecturers.

250  Research  (1 - 8 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): Staff

297  Scientific writing: applying for the NSF predoctoral fellows  (1 - 3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): Z. Gartner       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Seminar

Communicating your best ideas is critical to obtaining the resources necessary to work on them. This course prepares you to conceive, organize, and communicate scientific ideas in written form. Built around the NSF GRF application, this course covers important funding agencies and fellowship opportunities, formulating a research plan in the form of hypotheses and specific aims, organizing research proposals,and peer editing. Course culminates in submission of materials to NSF and other agencies

299  Dissertation  (0 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Advancement to candidacy and permission of the graduate adviser

For graduate students engaged in writing the dissertation for the PhD degree.