Graduate Course Selection (2016-17)

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

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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  Mosiac Number Instructor



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


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. I. Dworkin


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.

112393 Drs. A. Bédard and P. Whyte


Bio 6P03 Medical Microbiology

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

112395 Dr. J.P. Xu


Bio 6T03 Neurobiology

Selected topics in neurobiology at the molecular and cellular level including growth factors and neuronal development, ion channels, neurotransmitter functions, learning and memory and neurological disorders.

101315 Dr. M. Fahnestock


Bio 6X03 Environmental Physiology

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

101318 Dr. G. McClelland


700 - Level Courses
Course Description  Mosaic Number Instructor



Bio 708 Quantitative Methods in Ecology and Evolution
This new course focuses on realistic quantitative modeling of lab and field data. The main activity is learning to fit models to data using a statistical package and programming language called R. In this applied context, the course will visit a variety of philosophic topics: parsimony vs. realism, Bayesian.
101327 Drs. J. Dushoff and B. Bolker


 Bio 709 Special Topics in Biology

Studies requiring selection from specialized areas of research as approved by the Department.

101328 Drs. G.B. Golding, B. Evans and I. Dworkin


 Bio 715 Topics in Evolutionary Genetics

An advanced treatment of population, evolutionary, and quantitative genetics including theoretical and experimental results, and focusing on geographic variation, divergence and speciation.

101335 Drs. R. Singh and B. Gupta


Bio 716 Advanced Topics in Ecology I
Advanced topics in Behavioral Ecology, Landscape Ecology, or Conservation Biology, will be examined through a series of readings, lectures, seminars and discussions. Within disciplines the participants will tackle a focal theme reflecting current research in the area. Focus will be determined by the teaching staff. Topics will cycle depending upon interest among graduate students and availability of faculty.
101336 Dr. J.S. Quinn and S. Balshine


Bio 720 Bioinformatics (Same as Computational Science and Engineering 720)
This course will introduce students to basics of bioinformatics and sequence analysis. Individual topics within bioinformatics will vary with year and different instructor preferences. This might include DNA/protein database design and access; homology detection; sequence alignment; phylogeny Course Page
101338 Drs. G.B. Golding, B. Evan and I. Dworkin


Bio 723 Topics in Molecular Genetics
The topics of BIO723 this year centers on recent advances in the molecular processes contributing to cancer and aging.  Emphasis is on the molecular mechanisms underlying DNA damage response and repair, chromatin remoderling, R-loop formation/resolution, cell cycle progression and applications of CRISPR-cas technology.
 101341 Dr. X-D. Zhu


Bio 728 Environmental Physiology

This course, in lecture, seminar, and discussion format, will examine the influence of natural and anthropogenic environmental stressors on the physiology of aquatic and terrestrial animals, with an emphasis on homeostasis, acclimation, and adaptation at all levels from the gene to the whole organism.

 101347 Drs. G. Scott and G. McClelland
 Bio 730  Management of Aquatic Ecosystems and ResourcesEmerging 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. 101349   Dr. P. Chow-Fraser  II
 Bio 775  Molecular Microbiology and Microbial GenomicsTopics of this course are current research on bacteria and fungi using molecular genetic, biochemical, bioinformatics, and genomic methods to study natural biodiversity, cell structure, cell-cell interactions and metabolism in laboratory model organisms and natural ecosystems.  101360  Drs. M. Elliot and T.M. Finan  II
 Bio 780  Advanced Microscopy and ImagingThis 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.  120119  Drs. R. da Silva, B. Gupta, J.R. Jacobs and D. Gillespie  II