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Last updated: May 26, 2010
Spring 2010
BIOM 272A and 274A: Seminars in Genetics and Molecular Cell Biology

BIOM 272A/274A: Seminars in Genetics/Seminars in Molecular Cell Biology will be a combined class again this year.

Course co-directors:
Karen Oegema, PhD. 
Binhai Zheng, Ph.D.

Who may register: 
1st year BMS students who are interested in current topics in diverse areas of biological/biomedical research. Depending on space availability, we may or may not be able to accommodate additional students.

Course description: 
This course will provide perspective on selected seminars representing diverse areas of modern biomedical sciences. This year's topics include molecular cell biology, genetics, stem cell biology, and neurobiology. The focus is on how science is done and communicated effectively, and not to get to every technical detail of each presentation. The course consists of one selected seminar on campus and one class meeting (Friday 11:00-1:00 pm) per week. The Friday meetings will consist of a student-led discussion of the previous week's seminar (post-session, 1st hour) and an introduction to the upcoming seminar by a guest lecturer (pre-session, 2nd hour). The guest lecturer (a senior student, postdoctoral fellow or faculty member from the local research community who works on a related research topic) will introduce the upcoming seminar following a format designed to encourage student participation.

Friday meetings (post- and pre- sessions): 
Time: Friday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (April 2 - June 4)
Place: CMME 2047

Schedule (subject to change): 
1) Exceptions are noted in bold.
2) Class sessions are shaded in grey; seminars are indicated with white background.


Week Day Date Time Place Speaker Title or topic
1 Friday 4/2/10 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Tony Wang Class introduction
Pre-session for D'Andrea
2 Thursday 4/8/10 4 pm CMG Alan D. D'Andrea Regulation of DNA Repair by Ubiquitination and SUMOylation
2 Friday 4/9/10 11 -1 pm CMME 2047 Nicolas GrilletDiscussion: Gleb, Kathryn, Jennifer
Pre-session for Nicolson
3 Tuesday 4/13/10 4 pm LBR107 Teresa Nicolson The genetics of hearing and balance
3 Friday 4/16/10 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 David Kochman Discussion: Eleen, Grace, LaTeira, Peishan
Pre-session for Reiter
4 Thursday 4/22/10 4 pm CMG Jeremy Reiter Primary Cilia Transduce Hedgehog Signals in Vertebrate Development and Cancer
4 Friday 4/23/10 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Katlin Massirer Discussion: Kathryn, Pat, Tiffany, Gleb, Stephanie
Pre-session for Ambros
5 Thursday 4/29/10 4 pm CMG Victor Ambros MicroRNA's in Development and Disease
5 Friday 4/30/10 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Andrea Smallwood Discussion: Ian, Kate, Corina, Stephanie
Pre-session for Shilatifard
6 Thursday 5/6/10 4 pm CMG Ali Shilatifard Lessons Learned from Yeast about Human Leukemia
6 Friday 5/7/10 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Qidong Hu Discussion: Maggie, Jesse, Tiffany, Tania
Pre-session on Lin
7 Thursday 5/13/10 4 pm CMG Haifan Lin A Novel piRNA-Mediated Epigenetic Mechanism Related to Stem Cells
7 Friday 5/14/10 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Maximiliano D'Angelo Discussion: Jason, Jose, Allan, Mike
Pre-session on Misteli
8 Thursday 5/20/10 4 pm CMG Tom Misteli Nuclear Architecture, Aging and Stem Cells
8 Friday 5/21/10 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Dong Yan Discussion: Pat, Jesse, Ian, Sol
Pre-session for Shen
9 Thursday 5/27/10 4 pm CMG Kang Shen Extrinsic and Intrinsic Regulators of Synapse Formation in C. elegans
9 Friday 5/28/10 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Eveline Sun Arnold Discussion: Sol, Eleen, Mengke, LaTeira
Pre-session for Warren
10 Thursday 6/3/10 3:45 pm CMG Stephen Warren Fragile X Syndrome: Molecular mechanisms and therapeutic implications
10 Friday 6/4/10 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 - Discussion: Tania, Jason, Grace, Mike
Wrap up/Course evaluation