BIOL104 Fall Semester 2014 Sections 03 & 04

Principles of Biology I

First semester of a two semester course covering the basics principles of biology. Course emphasizes origin and definition of life; cells, their organization, chemical composition, and metabolic activity; the basis of heredity; animal structure & function.

BIOL463 Spring Semester 2014

Foundations of Immunobiology

The cellular and molecular basis of immune functions.  Topics include cells & organs of the immune system, the innate & adaptive immune response, structure & function of antibodies, T & B cell maturation, activation & differentiation, the major histocompatibility complex & antigen presentation, cytokines, the complement system, hypersensitivities, leukocyte migration, cytotoxic responses, tolerance & autoimmunity, infectious disease, and cancer.

BIOL564 Spring Semester 2014

Concepts of Immunology

This is a graduate level course. Students will attend the lectures and study the same material as in BIOL463 Foundations of Immunobiology. In addition, there is a weekly hour-long discussion section. The readings will complement the material discussed during lecture. Students will develop skills in reading primary research articles and in presenting data in a small group setting.

BIOL193 Fall Semester 2007

Problem Based Learning in Biology

(cross-listed as HR190 Crossroads)


Students will take responsibility for their own active learning as a team with guidance from their instructor. Each group will focus on an initial short problem for practice and then 4 diverse problems of biological significance in rotation (e.g. stem cell research, global warming, autism, etc.) Students will find the background information by searching in the University libraries and integrate this knowledge in group discussion (participation in class is 80% of grade). A final problem will be prepared individually (20%) of grade.


Active learning, setting priorities and focus, library research skills, critical reading, teamwork, learning from other students, synthesis, oral and written presentation, informed considered opinions

Prospective students:

Should have broad interests and background in general biology. Should be curious, exploratory, interactive & willing to try an active non-traditional educational experience.

BIOL582 Fall Semester 2007

Graduate Seminar

Cell Matrix Interactions

All multicellular organisms have some form of extracellular matrix (ECM), which  is structurally complex in both plants and animals.  The main function of the ECM is to provide support and strength. It also serves as a substrate for cell adhesion,  the regulation of cell migration, cellular differentiation, and cell-cell communication. Cell-ECM interactions are important for development, leukocyte migration, wound healing, & cancer metastases. In plants, these interactions are an important component of the plant cell wall, pollen-stigma interactions & pollen tube adhesion. The course will be conducted in a journal club format, and students may choose journal articles that relate to the model organism of their own research (Drosophila, Arabidopsis, Yeast, Mammals, etc).

Courses Offered


for BIOL463 & BIOL564
Janeway’s Immunobiology 
8th Edition 2011

for BIOL104
Biology: How Life Works

for BIO193 (HR190)
Reading Primary Literature: A Practical Guide to Evaluating Research Articles in Biology,1144,080534599X,00.html,1144,080534599X,00.html,1144,080534599X,00.html
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