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Heather Mason Christie

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

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 McCardell Bicen Hall



Course List: 

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BIOL 0334 - Functional Genomics      

Functional Genomics
Functional genomics is the study of how genes and intergenic regions of the genome determine an organism’s physical characteristics (phenotype) and contribute to different biological processes. In this course we will utilize genomic and transcriptomic databases to learn about the core questions and methods of genomics research. Topics include an overview of genomes, sequencing and mapping, transcriptional profiling, and genome editing. We will discuss the Human Genome Project, its contribution to the newly emerging fields of precision medicine and pharmacogenomics, and applications of genomics, from crop improvement to the detection and treatment of infectious pathogens. We will also explore ethical, legal, and social implications of functional genomics research.(BIOL 0140 and BIOL 0145) (not open to students who have taken BIOL 0324) 3 hrs. lect. SCI course w/o a lab

Spring 2021

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BIOL 0479 - Genes and Disease      

Genes and Disease in the Nervous System
Numerous disorders in the nervous system have a genetic component; some are due to a mutation in a single gene while others demonstrate a more complex mode of inheritance. In this course we will focus on understanding the genetic basis of neurological diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Fragile-X, autism spectrum disorder, Huntington’s, motor neuron degeneration, Parkinson’s, and muscular dystrophy. From classical genetics to modern genomics, we will explore the discovery of the genes involved in brain disorders as well the development of animal models to reveal underlying molecular mechanisms. We will cover these topics through a combination of lectures and detailed analyses and discussions of primary research articles. (BIOL 0140, BIOL 0145, open to Juniors and Seniors) 3 hrs. lect. SCI

Spring 2021, Fall 2021

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Department of Biology

McCardell Bicentennial Hall
276 Bicentennial Way
Middlebury College
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