Graduate Courses

Descriptions of Graduate Courses Offered by MMG Faculty

A complete list of required and optional courses for CMB graduate students is available here.


  Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics in Molecular Biology


  Coordinator:   Matthew Wargo
  Aimee Shen

The organization, replication, and expression of genes in prokaryotes, focusing on the genetics of Escherichia coli and its viruses. Prerequisite(s): Introductory Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, and/or Cell Biology. (3 credits)



  Alternate Springs, odd years

  Coordinator:   Aimee Shen

Analysis of the immune response with respect to structure and function of immunoglobulins and the T-cell receptor, tolerance, innate and adaptive immunity, the Major Histocompatibility Complex, hypersensitivity states, transplantation, cancer, and AIDS. Prerequisite(s): Instructor’s permission. (3 credits)


  Eukaryotic Virology

  Alternate Falls, even years

  Coordinator:   Gregory Gilmartin
  Markus Thali
  Jason Botten

An in-depth analysis of eukaryotic virus-mammalian cell interactions emphasizing mechanisms by which viruses modulate gene expression in infected cells. Prerequisite(s): MMG 101 or 104 or equivalent. (3 credits)


  Programming for Bioinformatics

  Alternate Springs, even years

  Coordinator:   Neil Sarkar

This course is geared towards students actively involved in biological research endeavors and wish to gain computational and bioinformatics skills. A major aim of this course is to teach pragmatic bioinformatics skills needed for data management issues that are often bottlenecks in biological research. Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission; STAT 151, CS 26, and MMG 104 desirable. (3 credits)


  Methods in Bioinformatics

  Alternate Springs, odd years

  Coordinator:   Neil Sarkar

This course provides a methodological survey of bioinformatics techniques. Particular emphasis is given to algorithms associated with popular bioinformatics applications, including those in sequence analysis, comparative genomics, structural biology, and systems biology.(3 credits)


  Genetics and Genomics


  Coordinator:   John Burke

Integrated entry into both genome science and modern genetic analysis. Students will develop skills needed to access, organize and interpret emerging genomic information. Prerequisite(s): Junior, Senior or graduate standing in biological or computational sciences. (3 credits)


  Ethics in Graduate Research


  Coordinator:   Markus Thali
  Mary Tierney

Prerequisite(s): Graduate students only (2 credits)


  Graduate Student Alternative Careers


  Coordinator:   Aimee Shen

Prerequisite(s): Graduate students only. (0 credits)


  Current Topics in MMG

  Fall, Spring


Seminar to focus on specific issues at the forefront of current research in microbiology and molecular genetics. Meetings will involve student presentations and discussion of research articles. Prerequisite(s): Instructor’s permission. (2 credits)


  Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics

  Spring, alternate years

  Coordinator:   David Pederson

The use of lower eukaryotes, such as the yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe, as model genetic systems to answer questions of basic biological importance. Prerequisite(s): Introductory Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics and/or Cell and Molecular Biology, and permission of Coordinator (4 credits)


  Cellular Microbiology


  Coordinator:   Gary Ward

Utilizes primary literature to explore the cellular and molecular basis of microbial pathogenesis, with an emphasis on pathogenic bacteria and protozoan parasites.(4 credits)


  Protein: Nucleic Acid Interactions


  Coordinator:   Sylvie Doublié

Structure of DNA and RNA, and the structure and assembly of nucleoprotein complexes will be described using examples from prokaryotes, yeast, viruses, and mammalian cells in culture. Prerequisite(s): Biochemistry 301 and 302 or equivalent. (3 credits)


  Master’s Thesis Research


  Coordinator:   David Pederson



  Doctoral Dissertation Research


  Coordinator:   David Pederson


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