Illuminating Diseases of the Mediterranean

3559-101:
Discipline: Biology
Instructor: illuminating-diseases-of-the-mediterranean
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1640
End: 1755
Field Work: Day 3 - Lisbon - Friday, 16 August | Portugal
Prerequisites: At least one year of introductory college biology Download Syllabus

This class uses the lights and colors of bioluminescent proteins as a thread to tie together a narrative about disease and modern medical research. It examines the use of molecular methods to study gene expression and its critical role in researching health and disease. Fluorescent proteins are commonly used in biomedical applications – their use and development will be used as a thread throughout the course. We will discuss how they can be used in cancer, heart disease, malaria, AIDS and dengue fever research. At the same time we will see how the countries we visit deal/t with these diseases and control their spread. The fundamental principles involved in genetic bioengineering will be presented.

Field Work

Country: Portugal
Day: 3 - Lisbon - Friday, 16 August

August 16 (Lisbon, Portugal) Details TBA