Organiser, Biological Chemistry and Microbiology. (Undergraduate)
Lecturer, Biology of Organisms. (Undergraduate)
Organiser, Cell Biology and Genetics. (Undergraduate)
Lecturer, Science Communication. (Undergraduate)
Cell Biology and Genetics - LIFE40006
The behaviour of living cells is influenced by both their genetics and by their environment. In this module, you will explore how the genetic information in cells is expressed as a phenotype, and how this expression is regulated in response to stimuli from the cell's environment. The module will address the central information transfer pathways in the cell (replication, transcription and translation), and aims to develop your skills in analysing genetic systems in model organisms. It will familiarise you with the compartments from which eukaryotic cells are constructed and how proteins are targeted to them. We will also explore specific examples of cellular interactions: neuronal signalling, vertebrate immunity, and viral infection. In the practical work in the summer term, you will work as a team to design experiments to investigate your own hypotheses in the context of the interaction between the growth of bacterial cells and their environment. We will continue to develop both your quantitative and writing skills.
Evolution and Diversity - LIFE40008
- To gain an overall understanding of the tree of life, especially in regards to animals, plants and fungi.
- To understand how the complexity of Eukaryote life has changed both in terms of timescales and evolutionary novelty.
- To gain a more detailed knowledge of the relationships and evolution of certain groups of organisms and how these groups have changed over time.
- To understand how the evolution of photosynthesis has profoundly shaped the diversity of life.
- To understand how phylogenetics is central to our analysis of the relationships between organisms.
Science Communication - LIFE96032
- To gain an overview of traditional, modern and emerging methods of communication and to understand how these are used to disseminate scientific content.
- To explore how to choose the best medium through which to communicate science with different audiences.
- To provide practical experience of several media and to teach basic technical skills in their use.
- To provide an outlet for student creativity and imagination.
Biological Chemistry and Microbiology - LIFE40005
An understanding of the chemistry, physics and mathematics of biological systems is crucial to a full appreciation of the physiological diversity, ecology and evolution of living things. This module aims to give you an overview of the biochemistry of enzymes, membranes, and metabolism, in a diversity of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. We also aim to develop in you the necessary mathematical skills needed to analyse these systems quantitatively, and the necessary practical skills to purify proteins and assay enzymes.