TEACHING

81.432/81.532 Genomics, Fall semesters

This course surveys the field of genomics, examining current technologies and their biological applications. Lectures cover genome organization, genome sequencing and annotation, functional genomics, evolutionary genomics, transcriptomics. proteomics and the role of bioinformatics in organizing and interpreting genomic data.

81.434/81.534 Genomics Laboratory, Fall semesters

A series of molecular laboratory and computer-based bioinformatics exercises providing practical experience in the collection and analysis of genomic-level data.

81.426/81.526 Evolutionary biology, Spring semesters

Examines the patterns and processes of biological evolution that have led to the diversity of life. Topics covered include the history of evolutionary thought, the evidence for evolution, the generation and maintenance of population-level variation, natural selection, adaptation, sexual selection, speciation, phylogenetics, molecular evolution, the fossil record and extinctions. In addition to lecture and textbook material, students will read and discuss classic and contemporary primary literature from evolutionary biology.

81.437/81.537 Biology and Evolution of arthropoda (co-taught with Dr. Rick Hochberg), Spring semesters

A detailed examination of phylum Arthropoda from developmental, ecological, genetic, morphological and paleontological perspectives. Specific topics include the relationships of arthropods to protoarthropod-like groups including tardigrades and onychophorans, the evolution of segmentation, and current perspectives on relationships within the phylum.

81.439/81.539 Biology and Evolution of Arthropoda Laboratory,  (co-taught with Dr. Rick Hochberg), Spring semesters

An exploration of protoarthropod and arthropod diversity using live and preserved specimens of the major taxa including Tardigrada, Onychophora, Chelicerata, Crustacea, Myriapoda and Hexapoda. Students will learn to collect, dissect, identify, handle and care for live specimens.