Graduate Course Selection (2015-16)

For a complete listing of all of our Biology Graduate Courses, please visit the School of Graduate Studies Calendar at:

http://graduate.mcmaster.ca/about/graduate-calendar

PLEASE NOTE:

Students should consult the Astrobiology website and the Biochemistry , Mathematics , Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences , and the Medical Sciences  graduate sections of the School of Graduate Studies Calendar for additional course selections.)

600 - Level Courses
Course Description   Instructor

Term

 

Bio 6BB3 Plant Metabolism and Molecular Biology

Analysis of plant cell metabolism and the regulation of metabolism at the biochemical and moleuclar genetic level.

Dr. E. Weretilnyk

Bio 6DD3 Molecular Evolution

The study of how molecules change over time within and between species. The experimental data, techniques and theories will be examined.

Dr. B. Evans

II

Bio 6E03 Population Genetics

Fundamentals of theoretical population genetics and their practical applications to understanding genomics, molecular evolution, human evolution, speciation and conservation biology.

Dr. R. S. Singh

II

Bio 6EE3 Human Diversity and Human Nature

The nature of genetic diversity in humans; the nature versus nurture debate in relation to genetic determinism and biological basis of behaviour.

Dr. R. S. Singh

I

Mol Bio 6HO3 Molecular Biology of Cancer (Same as Biochemistry *6H03 and Molecular Biology*6H03)

Cancer at the molecular and cellular level. Topics include: properties of cancer cells; activation of proto-oncogenes; function of oncoproteins; proliferative signal transduction; transgenic mouse models of human cancer; and tumour viruses.

Drs. A. Bédard and P. Whyte

II

Bio 6P03 Medical Microbiology

Microbial infectious diseases of humans: ecology, evolution, epidemiology, immunity, pathogenesis and the treatments of these diseases.

Dr. J.P. Xu

I

Bio 6X03 Environmental Physiology

Advanced physiology of animals with an emphasis on interactions with an adaptation to the environment.

Drs.  M.J. O’Donnell and G. Scott

I

700 - Level Courses
Course Description   Instructor

Term

 

Bio 707 Ecologist Statistics
This graduate course in statistics will introduce common multivariate methods used in ecology and to develop basic computer and interpretation skills necessary for their use. Students participate in teaching through analysis of data sets and individual presentations.
Dr. S. Dudley

 II

 Bio 720 Bioinformatics (Crossed listed: Computational Science and Engineering 720)

This course will introduce students to the basics of elementary sequence analysis. This will include DNA/protein database design and access; homology detection; sequence alignment; phylogeny reconstruction; pattern analysis and other topics in computational biology.

Drs. G.B. Golding, B. Evans and I. Dworkin

I

 Bio 727 Cellular and Molecular Biology

This course will combine formal lectures, discussion groups and student presentations to examine membrane transport processes, and mechanisms of intracellular homeostasis using various techniques including patch clamp electrophysiology, heterologous expression systems, single cell spectrofluorometry, and Ussing chambers..

Dr. M.J. O’Donnell

II

Bio 730 Management of Aquatic Ecosystems and Resources
Emerging issues in the management of water and aquatic resources are complex and include problems of supply and demand, water quality for human consumption and recreational use, contaminant loading of aquatic biota, maintenance of ecosystem integrity, and the competing and sometimes conflicting riparian land use. Because these issues are cross-disciplinary, traditional single-discipline approaches are inappropriate. This course adopts an “ecosystem approach” towards management of aquatic resources and will consider the main socio-economic, physico-chemico-biological factors that affect aquatic ecosystems.
Dr. P. Chow-Fraser

 II

Bio 762 Developmental Biology
Recent progress in cellular and molecular aspects of metazoan development will be examined in lecture and seminar format. Particular emphasis will be placed on current controversies in the molecular basis of induction, signal transduction and genetic regulation of development in Caenorhabditis, Drosophila, and mouse models.
Drs. A. Campos, B. Gupta, and J.R. Jacobs

 I

Bio 780 Microscopy
This course will focus on the theoretical and practical demonstrations that underlie a plethora of current microscopy techniques. Topics of interest will include but may not be limited to light, fluorescent and electron microscopy.
Drs. R. da Silva, B. Gupta, J.R. Jacobs, and D. Gillespie

II

Bio 799 Genetic Basis of Common Disease
This course will focus on one of the most active areas of biomedical research, namely the genetics of common diseases. Topics include: etiology of disease, epidemiology, twin studies, animal models, linkage and segregation analyses..
Dr. S. Igdoura
II