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.

  MMG211

  Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics in Molecular Biology

  Fall

  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)
   

  MMG223

  Immunology

  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)
   

  MMG225

  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)
   

  MMG231

  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)
   

  MMG232

  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)
   

  MMG233

  Genetics and Genomics

  Fall

  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)
   

  MMG295

  Ethics in Graduate Research

  Fall

  Coordinator:   Markus Thali
  Mary Tierney

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

  MMG295

  Graduate Student Alternative Careers

  Fall

  Coordinator:   Aimee Shen

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

  MMG310

  Current Topics in MMG

  Fall, Spring

    TBA

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)
   

  MMG312

  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)
   

  MMG320

  Cellular Microbiology

  Spring

  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)
   

  MMG352

  Protein: Nucleic Acid Interactions

  Spring

  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)
   

  MMG391

  Master’s Thesis Research

  Spring

  Coordinator:   David Pederson

   

  MMG491

  Doctoral Dissertation Research

  Spring

  Coordinator:   David Pederson

   

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  • What our students have to say...

    I was drawn into the program by looking at the statistics about the students on the wall. The group of Molecular Genetics majors were a highly successful group after graduation. A high percentage of them were going to graduate school, or medical school, or were working great jobs. I picked this as a major because I wanted to be like those kids. I think that the title "molecular genetics" sounds intimidating. Although, believe it or not, I have to say the courses aren't that hard. They are significantly easier than neuroscience courses, and I speak from experience. The courses take you step by step, starting out with baby steps, and you build on your knowledge base for the four years. In that way, the program is well designed. Also, the courses aren't just static information, what you learn is relevant and on the new frontiers of science. We learned about the Ebola virus, and about other pandemics.

    Amy (Molecular Genetics), graduated 2016