BCH703 (Macromolecular Synthesis)

This course is one of three core courses in the Biochemistry graduate curriculum. It examines the mechanisms that mediate and regulate the metabolism of DNA, RNA and protein. During the first half, Dr. Hanley-Bowdoin teaches sections on DNA replication, cell cycle regulation and transcription. In the second half, Dr. Paul Wollenzien teaches sections on RNA processing and transport and translation. Both parts are based on primary literature, with emphasis on seminal and recent research papers about macromolecular synthesis Students also learn about modern biochemical techniques and how to read the literature efficiently and critically.

BCH703 is required of all Biochemistry graduate students and is part of the Functional Genomics curriculum. Prerequisites include an undergraduate level molecular biology course equivalent to BCH453. BCH703 is taught in the fall semester on MWF at 10 am.

BCH/GN761 (Advanced Molecular Biology of the Cell)

This is an advanced graduate course that examines the molecular mechanisms that mediate DNA replication, the cell cycle and programmed cell death in eukaryotes. The course is based on an interdisciplinary approach encompassing molecular, cellular, genetic and biochemical strategies to study complex biological processes. There is emphasis on improving scientific reading and communication skills. Students formulate and write an original research proposal under faculty guidance.

BCH/GN761 fulfills advanced course requirements in the Biochemistry and Genetic graduate programs. The prerequisite is BCH703 or equivalent. BCH/GN761 is taught during the spring semester on alternate years and will be taught next in 2006 at a TBA time.

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