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Graduate Department Required Courses
 
Class
Seminar
Goal
The goal of this course is to enhance students capability in the collection of technical literature, oral presentation skills as well as the understanding in the technologies related to biotech and bioengineering
Outline
(1)Lecture from experts inside and outside the university(2)Students oral report about their research project(3)Collection in technical literature
Teaching Approach
Lecture on special topicsLibrary introduction
Text Books
 
References
 
 
 
Class
Biochemical Engineering
Goal
Biochemical engineering is concerned with conducting biological processes on an industrial scale.This course links biological sciences with chemical engineering.The role of biochemical engineers has become more important in recent years due to the dramatic developments of biotechnology.In general, this course is divided into three main sections.The first is enzyme kinetics, and the second section of this course deals with cell cultivations and fermenter design.Finally, the third section deals with engineering aspects of bioprocessing.
Outline
(1)PartI Enzymatic Kinetics1.Introduction (Simple Enzyme Kinetics)2.Immobilized enzyme3.Industrial application of enzyme(2)Part II. Cell Cultivations and fermenter design1.Microbial cell cultivations2.Animal cell cultivations3.Plant cell cultivations4.Fermenter design5.Sterilization6.Agitation and Aeration(3)PartIII Downstream Processing1.Solid-liquid separation2.Recovery3.Purification
Teaching Approach
Class lecture
 
Class
Special Topics in Microbiology
Goal
This course will be a comprehensive introduction to the world of microbiology, including bacteria, fungi and virus.
Outline
(1)I will begin the course by introduce the world under microscopy-the shape, size and structure of microorganisms.(2)Then I will go into the topic of microbial growth and its control, both by environmental and human activity.(3)From this topic I will teach basic physiology of microbes-how they obtain energy and dispose wastes.(4)The next topic will be basic microbial genetics-introduce the role of nucleic acids in storing and expressing genetic information, and apply this information to the study of virus.(5)I will also introduce some basic mechanisms that allow genes to move between different microbes, and examine the evolution of microorganisms into many taxonomically different groups and three domains.(6)The interaction between microbes and their environments and with other organisms in a variety of symbiotic relationships from mutual benefit to parasitism will also be addressed.(7)The course will be ended with a detailed study of the role of microbes as disease agents.
Teaching Approach
Lecture and discussion
 
Class
Cell Biology
Goal
The course is designed to introduce the structure and function of the cell.
Outline
1. Introduction2. Prokaryotes, Eukaryotes and Viruses3. Internal Organization of the Cell4. Membrane structure and transport across membrane5. Protein sorting and targeting6. Cytoskeleton-I7. Cytoskeleton-II8. Extracellular Matrix9. Cell adhesion10. Cell junction11. Signal transduction12. Apoptosis13. Cell division, cell cycle and cancer14. Cell communication15. Development of multicellular organism16. Calcium Handling
References
The world of the cell, 5/Eby Wayne M. Becker (University of Wisconsin, Madison)Lewis J. Kleinsmith (University of Michigan)Jeff Hardin (University of Wisconsin, Madison)Molecular Cell Biology, Fifth Editionby Harvey Lodish (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)Arnold Berk (U. of California, Los Angeles)Paul Matsudaira (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)Chris A. Kaiser (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)Monty Krieger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)Matthew P. Scott (Stanford U.)Lawrence Zipursky (U. of California, Los Angeles)James Darnell (Rockefeller U.)
 
Class
Microbiology Laboratory
Goal
The aim of this class is to introduce basic and fundamental experimental methods of microbiology.Students will acquire a basic knowledge of isolation and identification of microorganisms as well as basic microbiology experiments.
Outline
The topics included in this class are listed below:1. Introduction to Microbiology laboratory2. Microscopy of microorganisms3. Staining of microorganisms4. Cultivation of microorganisms5. Microbial growth6. Growth control of microorganisms7. Microbial metabolism8. Identification of microorganisms9. Cultivation of fungi10. Environmental microbiology lab
Teaching Approach
By lecturing, in situ sampling, laboratory practice and discussion
References
Laboratory experiments in microbiology,Case, Christine L.,Johnson, Ted R.,Benjamin/Cummings Pub. Co.,c2004.
 
Class
Microbial Genetics
Goal
This course aims at giving a fundamental principle of microbial genetics.Students will acquire a knowledge of DNA metabolism genetic response and genetic exchange of microorganisms.
Outline
I. DAN metabolism: replication, DNA repair mechanism and mutagenesis2. Gene regulation and its regulation3. Bacteriaphage and its relatives4. lambda phage and single-strand DNA phage5. restriction-modification system and recombination6. Agrobactrerium genetics7. Two component regulation8. Molecular mechanism of Quorum Sensing9. bacterial transposons10. Transformation and conjugation11. transduction
Teaching Approach
By lecture and discussion
References
Modern Microbial Genetics,Uldis N. Streips and Ronald E. Yasbin.,A John Willey and Sons, Inc.
 
Class
Molecular Biology
Goal
The course will focus on both the fundamental principles and techniques of molecular biology and biochemistry.Students will gain an in depth knowledge of nucleic acid structure, molecular genetics and the biochemistry of transcription and protein synthesis, both in prokaryotes as well as in eukaryotes.
Outline
1.The Structures of DNA, RNA and protein2 Chromosomes, Chromatin, and the Nucleosome3 The Replication of DNA4 The Mutability and Repair of DNA5 Homologous Recombination at the Molecular Level6 Site-Specific Recombination and Transposition of DNA7 Mechanisms of Transcription8 RNA Splicing9 Translation & Regulation of gene expression
Teaching Approach
Lecture and discussion
References
Lehninger Principles of Biochemistryfourth editionDavid L. NelsonMichael M. Cox
 
Class
Biostatistics
Goal
This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the principles and methods for presenting biological data in summary form and analyzing biological data.Students will be familiar with concepts including: descriptive statistics techniques, probability distributions, point and confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation, simple linear regression, and ANOVA.
Outline
1. Descriptive Statistics2. Basic Probability3. Probability Distributions4. Sampling Theory and Central Limit Theorem5. Estimation and Inference6. Hypotheses Testing7. The Analysis of Variance8. Regression and Correlation Methods9. Nonparametric Methods10. Categorical Data Analysis
Teaching Approach
Class lecture
Text Books
 
References
1. Fundamentals of Biostatistics, 6th edition (2005), Bernard Rosner, Duxbury Press2. Principles and Biostatistics, 2nd edition (2000), Pagano & Gauvreau, Duxbury
 
Class
Computational Biology
Goal
This course will introduce the fundamentals of computer algorithms that support to study and provide feasible solutions for the related topics on bioinformatics.
Outline
1. Basic concepts of molecular biology2. Strings, Graphs, and Algorithms3. Sequence comparison and database search4. Fragment assembly DNA5. Physical mapping of DNA6. Phylogenetic trees7. Genome rearrangements8. Molecular structure prediction
Teaching Approach
Lecture and discussion
Text Books
 
References
1.Introduction to Computational Biology: Maps, Sequences and Genomesby Michael S. Waterman2.Introduction to Computational Molecular Biologyby Carlos Setubal, Joao Meidanis

 

 
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