Fall Semester Every Year
Instructors Richard Meagher and Jeff Bennetzen
After completion of the course, students should be well grounded in the basics of molecular
genetics with skills to continue learning and understanding new advances in this rapidly moving
and evolving field. Specific objectives are:
1. To study at least 6 model genetic organisms (E. coli & its viruses, S. cerevisiae, C. elegans,
D. melanogaster, Arabidopsis thaliana, and M. musculus or bugs, yeast, worms, flies, plants,
and mice) in depth to understand how their special properties have been exploited to solve
problems in molecular, cellular and developmental biology. You will learn advanced genetic
methods of each model system and develop critical thinking tools in analyzing complex
2. To deepen your knowledge of current topics in biology where genetic approaches are taken.
These include protein localization and targeting, the cell cycle, genome organization and
evolution, and development.
3. To develop your ability to read, understand, and critically evaluate published scientific
papers on which our understanding of biology is based. You will be expected to understand
what question(s)/hypothesis(es) were posed, what experiments were done to test the hypotheses,