Spring 2011

SCIE 680
The Molecular Biology of Emerging Infectious Diseases

McAlear,Michael A.

01/24/2011 - 04/29/2011
Tuesday 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

A few decades ago it seemed that modern medicine was winning the battle against many of the bacterial and viral diseases that afflicted mankind. But, recently we have seen the emergence, and reemergence of a host of deadly, infectious pathogens.

This course will focus on a subset of these diseases, including antibiotic-resistant bacteria, mad cow disease, West Nile virus, anthrax, and Ebola. The majority of the course will deal with how these infectious agents work at the molecular level, and how they can be treated (if at all). We will also consider how changes in populations, social practices, and environments have contributed to their emergence.

Readings will include review articles, primary scientific literature, and books on the different diseases.

Students will be expected to research one of these topics in depth, and to give an in-class presentation as well as submit a paper. Students will also get the opportunity to learn and perform a modern diagnostic technique (PCR) that is used to identify infectious agents.

A background in basic biology (equivalent to introductory college level biology) will be useful but not necessary.

This course is open to auditors.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is Friday, January 28 at 5:00 pm. Please visit our website for a complete list of registration and withdrawal dates for this session.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
SCIE 680

Michael McAlear (B.S., Ph.D. McGill University) is associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry. His research focuses on DNA replication, DNA repair, and rRNA metabolism in yeast, and his articles have appeared in the journals Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics, Molecular Genetics, and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Click here for more information about Michael McAlear.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 0

Texts to purchase for this course:
L. Garrett, The Coming Plague

R. DeSalle, Epidemic!

R. Preston, The Hot Zone

Reading materials are available at BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 Broad Street, Middletown 860-685-7323 Order your books online.

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