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Current Seminar Courses


Course Title: Quantitative Methods in Cell Biology
Number: CMB 800 Section 1
Course Director: Jens Schmidt, Sangbum Park
Semester Offered: Fall 2023
Credits: 1
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Description: This course is designed to teach and discuss the quantitative analysis methods from molecular and cellular imaging by using fluorescence microscopy. Topics will be covered from the basic microscopy approaches to diverse quantitative imaging analyses for the different molecular and cellular processes. Each student will choose one subject and will present one research article assigned by the instructor.
Course Title: Opportunistic Pathogens 
Number: MMG 991 Sec 1
Course Director: Edward Walker 
Semester Offered: Fall 2023
Credits: 1
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Description: In this one credit graduate seminar, we will explore the concept of opportunistic pathogens from the point of view of ecology, evolution, genomics, virulence, and emerging infections. We will examine notions of pathogenesis, and challenge the concept of "pathogen" a la Arturo Casadevall with alternative points of view.  We will also explore processes of genome reduction or expansion as pathogens evolve into respective categories (e.g., Frank Pathogens, Opportunistic Pathogens, Simple Pathogens) and delve into divergent genome evolutionary pathways for these groups.  We will examine case studies and scenarios for opportunistic pathogens using a combination of lecture style format, group readings and team led reading discussions, and team projects on pathogen groups.