Lecturer, Bacterial genetics (Cell Biology 1st year). (Undergraduate)
Organiser, Medical Microbiology. (Undergraduate)
Lecturer, Microbiology (Cell Biology 1st year). (Undergraduate)
Medical Microbiology - LIFE96022
a) To describe the nature of some of the most significant causes of infections in human, how they are transmitted and how they cause disease.
b) To outline the nature of the immune response to selected infectious agents.
b) To explain the principles of diagnostic microbiology as they apply to selected bacteria and viruses.
c) To discuss the spread of infections in communities and the strategies required to control infections (vaccines; chemotherapy).
Cell Biology and Genetics - LS1-CBG
- To understand how genetic information is expressed as phenotype, and how this is regulated.
- To know the components from which eukaryotic cells are constructed and how proteins are targeted to them.
- To understand how cells communicate with their environment and with other.
- To understand how viruses and the vertebrate immune system behave and interact.
- To confidently use microscopes, sterile technique, and quantitatively analyse data.
- To work as a team to design experiments to investigate simple hypotheses
Genetics with Statistics - LIFE95010
By the end of the Genetics section of the module students should be able to (1) Describe factors affecting the expression of genes in eukaryotes, including the phenomenon of epigenetics; (2) Discuss the origin of new genes, evolution of genes and factors affecting population gene frequencies in time and space; (3) Describe the inheritance of complex or quantitative traits, and the use of quantitative trait loci (QTL) in mapping; (4) Discuss how genetic techniques can be applied to natural history, reconstructing relationships (phylogenies) and conservation; (5) Students will demonstrate their competence in genetics techniques by inducing and scoring mutations in Salmonella and conducting a population genetics analysis of microsatellite dataset using standard software such as GENEPOP. By the end of the Statistics section students should be able to (6) Obtain descriptive statistics of the data; (7) Produce meaningful visualizations the data by plotting them for exploration as well as model fitting; (8) Test for certain properties of data, such as normality, log-normality, etc. (9) For two samples, be able choose the appropriate test (e.g., t-test, paired t-test, Mann-Whitney u-test; randomization test etc); (10) Understand and use linear models including linear regression and ANOVA, check model assumptions using QQ plots, residual plots etc; (11) For data with non-normal errors or count data, be able to choose and perform appropriate tests especially generalised linear models (GLMs), and interpret the output
Challenges in Cell Biology - LIFE95006
CCB will give students an understanding of current cell biology research challenges and the approaches being developed to tackle them. It will discuss areas of cell biology that are new to second year Biochemists and so complement their previous cell biology teaching as well as introduce themes that will be developed in several final year courses.
Molecular Basis of Bacterial Infection - LIFE96025
This course aims to develop an understanding, by undergraduate students, of some of the fundamental principles of infectious diseases. They will learn the basic mechanisms that determine the outcome of bacterial pathogen – host cell interactions. Bacterial infections and diseases result from a “dialogue” between the bacterial and eukaryotic cells rather than being a bacterial “monologue”. This phenomenon will be at the heat of the course. The students will be exposed to biochemical, molecular and cellular technologies.