Department of Biology
The University of Mississippi
Office: 122 Shoemaker Hall
Telephone: (662) 915-1700
Principles of Developmental Biology (BISC 579)
We will discuss the development of animals and plants, with particular emphasis on the molecular genetic basis of developmental events. Fundamental questions, concepts and methodologies of modern inquiry into the genetic and cellular mechanisms of development will be explored. Topics include the formation of germ cells, embryonic axis determination and the establishment of cellular asymmetry, cell specification through cell-cell interaction and region-specific gene expression, morphogenesis and organogenesis in different species. Our central approach to development is that it can be best understood by understanding how genes control cell behavior. We will focus on model organisms and systems that best illuminate common principles.
Cell and Molecular Biology (BISC 440)
This course will give students a rigorous and yet basic understanding and appreciation of the fundamental principles of molecular cell biology. The emphasis of the lectures will be placed on a detailed study of the major cellular components, with particular attention to the relationship between functions and the molecular and supramolecular organization of the cell. We will study the molecular mechanisms for cell reproduction, regulation, control of gene expression, and cellular communication. The laboratory segment of the course will expose students to common molecular biology techniques and methods for observing cells. The emerging field of molecular cell biology, a union of several subfields of biology including genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, and microscopy offers a more comprehensive approach to the understanding of the cell and ultimately, the organism.