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We are tearing apart a next generation sequencing machine to scavenge parts for use in our home built automated microscopes. Follow our progress on the Illumina GAIIx teardown blog.      Click on the thumbnail above to see evidence for multiple high temperature sensing mechanisms in plants. The plant in the top movie was heated at 37 degrees, the one on the bottom was heated at 40 degrees. Note the differences in the timing and location of the responses. This work is described in Kast et al., 2013

Teaching

Biology 25 - Plant Biology

This course is an exploration of the diverse field of plant biology. Topics include growth and development, reproduction, genetics and genome biology, evolution and diversity, physiology, responses to pathogens and environmental stimuli, domestication, agriculture, and applications of plant genetic modification. Laboratories introduce organismal, cellular, molecular, and genetic approaches to understanding plant biology.

Biology 19 - Genomics

An introduction to the study of genome structure, function, and evolution, with a focus on using our understanding of genomes to answer fundamental biological questions. The course will also investigate the related fields of proteomics, metabolomics, and systems biology.

Biology 115E - Plant Molecular Genetics - Biotechnology

We will investigate the technological approaches that plant scientists are using to address environmental, agricultural, and health issues. Topics may include biofuels, nutritional engineering, engineering disease and stress resistance, bioremediation, and the production of pharmaceuticals in plants.

Biology 115A - Plant Molecular Genetics

This seminar occasionally focuses on other topics in plant molecular genetics. Last taught as 115A in 2006, we focused on the molecular mechanisms of auxin transport and signal transduction and the roles that auxin plays in plant development.

Biology 119 - Genomics and Systems Biology

Fundamental questions in biology are being answered using revolutionary new technologies including genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, systems biology, modeling, and large scale protein and genetic interaction screens. These approaches have fundamentally changed how scientists investigate biological problems and allow us to ask questions about cells, organisms and evolution that were impossible to address even five years ago. Readings will include animal, plant, fungal, and bacterial literature. Laboratory projects will incorporate genomic and molecular approaches.

Biology 1 - Cellular and Molecular Biology

This team taught course is an introduction to the study of living systems illustrated by examples drawn from cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, neurobiology, and developmental biology. This course is taught every fall and includes one laboratory period per week.

Biology 1 SP - Cellular and Molecular Biology Scholars Program

BIOL1-SP will provide an enriched experience for students who want to excel and continue studies in biology or a related discipline (e.g., biochemistry, neuroscience). Students must apply to get into BIOL1-SP and concurrently enroll in BIOL1 (including a lab section). Entrance to the course will be determined by a commitment to both hard work and engagement with the subject rather than by high school GPA, SAT or AP scores. BIOL1-SP has a mission of pro-actively facilitating the development of the advanced study skills necessary for success in biology at the college level while simultaneously supporting the firm analytical and integrative foundation that continuation in college biology requires.