BIOL 0380 -- Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (Fall term each year). In this course we will (1) survey the diverse biology of microbes responsible for human infectious disease, (2) develop and apply ecological and evolutionary theory to infectious microbes, (3) provide practical experience interpreting and synthesizing the peer-reviewed scientific literature, and (4) provide exposure to recent biotechnological advances. Weekly student presentations of published papers from a reading list will be complemented with lectures covering the discovery of infectious microbes, the role of genetic novelty, population structure and transmission mode, and the influence of clinical therapies and host immune response. Expected: BIOL 0200 or equivalent.
BIOL 1430 -- Computational Theory of Molecular Evolution (Fall term in odd-numbered years). This course employs intellectual traditions from computer science and biology to investigate the properties and principles of DNA sequence evolution. The roles of mutation, natural selection, population size and subdivision, and genetic recombination are explored. Lectures complemented by web-based computer exercises. Expected: either an introduction to evolution (BIOL 0200, 0480) or to computer science (CSCI 0150, 0160, 0170).
BIOL 1950/1960/2980 -- Directed Research/Independent Study/Graduate Independent Study. I am actively seeking highly motivated undergraduate and fifth-year masters students with interests in theoretical or experimental evolutionary genetics. Click on the RESEARCH tab at left to learn more about ongoing work in the lab.
BIOL 2440 S06 -- Grad Seminar "Beyond Classical Population Genetics. (Spring 2013 only) My own training in theoretical microevolution has been dominated by the classical population genetics textbooks of Crow and Kimura, Hartl and Clark, and the like. This seminar course will explore other traditions. Students will be expected to regularly lead discussions and to be active, prepared members of the classroom. Motivated students from all backgrounds and of all levels from advanced undergraduate to faculty are welcome to participate.