Primary literature investigating the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms of nervous system disorders such as neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's), mental illness, and epilepsy. Prerequisite: Neuroscience 201 or 223 or Biology 220 or consent of instructor. One course.
Overview of the genetic changes associated with cancer and the molecular events that transform normal cellular processes into tumor-promoting conditions. Topics include: tumor viruses, oncogenes, growth factors, signal transduction pathways, tumor suppressors, cell cycle control, apoptosis, genome instability, stem cells, metastasis, and current therapeutic approaches. Prerequisites: Biology 201L and either Biology 219 or Biology 202L. One course.
An introduction to the mechanisms and principles of the eukaryotic cell cycle and the model organisms of cell-cycle analysis, including Xenopus, Drosophila, and yeasts. Cell- cycle control in development and the failure of controls in cancer will be discussed. Prerequisite: Biology 201L. One course.
Readings by and about Darwin and his contemporaries, especially Wallace. Darwin's "Autobiography" and Janet Browne's biography as context for readings of some of his major works and works of his contemporaries. Consent of instructor required. One course. 3 graduate units.
Formulation of environmental models and applications to data using R. Distribution theory, algorithms, and implementation. Topics include physiology, population growth, species interactions, disturbance, and ecosystem dynamics. Discussions focus on classical and current primary literature. Instructor: J. Clark. One course. 3 graduate units.
Key questions in population ecology from a theoretical perspective. Topics include demography and dynamics of structured populations, population regulation, stochastic and spatial population dynamics, life history characteristics, species interactions, and conservation of threatened populations. Computer labs will emphasize fitting models to data. Prerequisites: One course in Ecology. One course. 3 graduate units.
Computer programming using C within a UNIX environment applied to ecological and evolutionary problems. The relationship between simulation and analytic modeling. Knowledge of programming or work within the UNIX computer environment not expected. Consent of instructor required. One course. 3 graduate units.
One course. 3 graduate units.
Lectures, seminars, and discussion of current topics in developmental biology. Prerequisites: Biology 201L or 202L and/or 220 or equivalent. One course.