This course is an introduction to epigenetics, the exciting field of research about heritable changes in gene function that cannot be explained by changes in DNA sequence.
- chromatin structure,
- establishment and maintenance of chromatin modifications,
- non-coding RNA biology, and
- implications of epigenetic mechanisms for human health.
Learning goals are to:
- become familiar with the principles of epigenetics;
- understand how progress in research is made using the field of epigenetics as a case study;
- learn how to critically read research articles; and
- gain experience in presenting and publically discussing research.
Students will be required to read at least one research paper for each class and actively participate in discussions. Additionally, each student will give an oral preesentation about a research paper.
Grades will be assigned based on scores earned for discussion participation, presentations, and quizzes.
Senior undergraduates in biology-related concentrations (CMB and others) and graduate students in relevant programs.
The course is meant for students who have completed Genetics and Biochemistry and want to gain in-depth knowledge of genetics mechanisms.
Three hours per week of lectures.
Significant time will be reserved for student presentations and discussions of original research papers.
The short lectures are designed to make sure all the students in the class are familiar with the basics of a particular area of epigenetics, while the student presentations of a research paper will give them the opportunity to practice public speaking, as well as synthesize and evaluate technical data.