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BIOL 3900: Advanced Research in Life Sciences, Fall 2016: Introduction


Welcome to the class page for BIOL 3900 in Fall 2016! The title of the course this semester is "Advanced Research Course in Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology."

The faculty and staff for your course are:

Instructor - Dr. Kent Chapman

Teaching Assistant - Yingqi Cai

I'm Erin O'Toole, the subject librarian for the Biological Sciences Department, and I'll be assisting by answering your library-related questions and managing the class page. Have fun and good luck with your research!


We are indebted to Dr. Michael S. Greer, Yingqi Cai and Jennifer Monico (Lycoming College) for diligent work over the summer to prepare molecular tools for this course and test gene constructs.



BIOL 3900 Class, Fall 2016

Announcement! Meeting of the Texas Society of Microscopy

Course Objective

The objective of this course is to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research in the areas of Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The research course will explore and test whether enzyme pathways can be engineered in yeast and/ or plant systems to produce high-value mammalian skin lipids-- O-acylceramides. Approaches will involve the expression of proteins in yeast and plant systems, and the evaluation of lipid production by confocal fluorescence microscopy and biochemical profiling. During the course, students will read the scientific literature, design experiments and evaluate/interpret their own results. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking, data collection and analysis, and presentation of their scientific findings.

Subject Librarian

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Erin O'Toole
Willis Library, Room 080

Course Syllabus and Schedule

Open the BIOL 3900 syllabus or course schedule by clicking on the  links below. You can then choose to view or download the documents.

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