Courses Taught at Trent University

BIOL 2050H: Introduction to Genetics

This course provides an overview of genetics by covering a variety of topics that include Mendelian inheritance, meiosis and mitosis, chromosome structure, population and evolutionary genetics, transcription, translation, gene expression and mutation, and some applications of genetics in society. Problem sets and worksheets on topics covered in the lectures will be completed during the lab periods.  Prerequisite: 60% or higher in BIOL 1030H (103H), and 60% or higher in one of BIOL1020H (102H) or 1050H (105). Excludes BIOL 205H.

BIOL 3080H: Molecular Biology

Fundamental concepts in molecular biology with emphasis on the exploration of structure, function, and cellular synthesis of DNA and RNA. We will also study the cell cycle and examine how disruptions of proteins that regulate this process can lead to cancer.  Techniques in recombinant DNA technology as well as their applications in biomedical, forensic, and pharmaceutical research will be discussed. Basic techniques in molecular biology and scientific calculations will also be introduced in the laboratory section of this course. Prerequisite: 7.5 university credits including BIOL 2050H (205H), CHEM 1000H and 1010H (or 100). Excludes BIOL 206H, 308H.

BIOL 4380H: Advanced Molecular Biology

An introduction to mechanisms controlling gene expression and applications of recombinant DNA technology to this field of study will be discussed. Topics will include the transcription initiation and post-transcriptional regulation, structure of transcription factors, and specific examples of genetic switches in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Discussion and analysis of journal articles on gene expression research will take place during the seminar portion of the course. Prerequisite: 10.0 university credits including BIOL 206H or 3080H (308H). Excludes BIOL 335H, 438H.

BIOL 4020D, CHEM 4030D, FRSC 4020D: Honour’s Research Thesis

Qualified students are welcomed to speak with me about participating in a laboratory based research project to earn double credits in either Biology, Chemistry (Biochemistry) or Forensic Science.  Each student will be given a research question to investigate, and will learn molecular and biochemical techniques, data analysis and experimental design.  At the end of the course, students will give oral presentations on their research to other students and faculty members, and submit a written report/thesis of their project.  Participation at the annual Ontario conference for undergraduate thesis students in either Biology or Chemistry is also highly encouraged.

ENLS 5099H: Gene Expression

The regulation of gene expression at multiple levels within the eukaryotic cell will be covered in this course.  Topics will include the regulation of DNA transcription, RNA processing and splicing, RNA interference, and epigenetics.  Strategies on effective reading and critical evaluation of journal articles will be discussed, and students will be tested on their ability to interpret assigned journal articles in short quizzes at the journal club meetings.  A laboratory-based research project will involve the design and application of an quantitative PCR (qPCR) experiment to study gene expression.  Registration in this course is restricted to students in the Environmental and Life Sciences (ENLS) graduate program.

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CHEM/BIOL 2300H: Biochemical Concepts

This course introduces key molecules and concepts in biochemistry. Topics include the properties of water, the behaviour of biomolecules in water, protein structure and function, and enzyme properties and regulation. Computer labs introduce students to molecular graphics and electronic accessing of biochemical information such as biomolecular structures, protein sequences, and scientific literature. Prerequisite: CHEM 1000H and 1010H, or 100. Excludes CHEM 231H.