BIOL 50-05 (co-enroll in BIOL 50L-02)
Research in Molecular Genetics
Instructor: Mary Montgomery
Collaborative research with a faculty member focused on understanding
the molecular genetic mechanisms underlying animal development, the process
whereby a single fertilized egg develops into a functional multicellular
organism. Extensive laboratory research, readings and discussion of the
scientific literature related to the research area are undertaken. A research
project will be selected in consultation with the instructor. Research
will be geared toward elucidating the functions of genes involved in the
earliest stages of animal development, and examining how the expression
patterns and functions of such genes have evolved in different animal species.
Students will become familiar with several research techniques for isolating
and manipulating DNA and RNA, reverse genetic methods for interfering with
the functions of specific genes, and in situ methods that reveal
where and when a gene is expressed, i.e. active or on.
Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, Biology 22 (Genetics) and Biology
23 (Cell Biology), and permission of the instructor.
MWF 2:20-3:20 Lecture (lab meetings and journal club), R 8:30-11:40 Lab