Biology 181 Fall Semester 2017 Schedule
First-Year Opportunity: Introduction to Cutting-Edge Research in Biology

Week # Date Researcher Topics and Readings
1 29-Aug-17 Erik Herzog Unwinding the Biological Clock
  1. Circadian Rhythms: Move over Neurons - Astrocytes Mediate SCN Clock Function
  2. Astrocytes Regulate Daily Rhythms in the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus Behavior
  3. Neurons and networks in daily rhythms
2 5-Sep-17 Doug Chalker Science's Next Top Model: The Organisms of Discovery
  1. The slides of Dr. Chalker's talk. These are to assist you in writing a short paper based upon Dr. Chalker's talk. They do NOT count as one of the PDFs that you will summarize for your paper if you select Dr. Chalker's talk for one of your papers.
  2. Model Organisms
  3. RNA Interference: Big Applause for Silencing in Stockholm
  4. Model organisms — A historical perspective
3 12-Sep-17 Gammon Earhart

From Turtles to Turning to Tango: Studies on the Neural Control of Movement

  1. Randomized Controlled Trial of Community-Based Dancing to Modify Disease Progression in Parkinson Disease
  2. Gait-Related Brain Activity in People with Parkinson Disease with Freezing of Gait
  3. The feasibility of singing to improve gait in Parkinson disease
4 19-Sep-17 Joe Corbo

The Role of Transcriptional Regulatory Networks in Organismal Development

  1. Vertebrate Neural Cell-Fate Determination: Lessons from the Retina
  2. Transcriptional regulation of photoreceptor development and homeostasis in the mammalian retina
  3. Reprogramming of adult rod photoreceptors prevents retinal degeneration
5 26-Sep-17 David Queller

Evolution of Social Behavior

  1. Kin Selection and Inclusive Fitness
  2. Evolution of cooperation and control of cheating in a social microbe
  3. Primitive agriculture in social amoeba
6 3-Oct-17 Scott Mangan

Buried, But Not Dead: Soil-Borne Organisms Determine Plant Community Composition

  1. Negative plant–soil feedback predicts tree-species relative abundance in a tropical forest
  2. Grassroots Ecology: Plant-Microbe-Soil Interactions as Drivers of Plant Community Structure
    and Dynamics
7 10-Oct-17 Nathan Stitziel

Lessons from the Human Genome: From Biology to Therapy

  1. Initial impact of the sequencing of the human genome
  2. Clan Genomics and the Complex Architecture of Human Disease
  3. Leveraging human genetics to guide drug target discovery
  17-Oct-17 NO CLASS  
8 24-Oct-17 Jeff Gordon

The Human Gut Microbiota and Healthy Growth: A Microbial Perspective about Human Development

  1. Gut Microbiota Food Science and Human Nutrition
  2. Childhood undernutrition, the gut microbiota, and microbiota-directed therapy
  3. Food and Microbiota in the FDA regulatory network
9 31-Oct-17 Sarah England

Electrical Activity of the Womb: Pores and Pregnancy

  1. Physiological pathways and molecular mechanisms regulating uterine contractility
  2. Why the heart is like an orchestra and the uterus is like a soccer crowd
10 7-Nov-17 Kendall Blumer How Does the Retina Work?
  1. The need for speed
  2. Defects in RGS9 or its anchor protein R9AP in patients with slow photoreceptor deactivation
11 14-Nov-17 Ken Olsen Biology 500 and Presentations by Undergraduate Researchers
  1. Dr. Olsen's Slides
  2. Biology 200/500 Independent Study
  3. Biology Department
  4. Undergraduate Studies
  5. Students interested in research
  6. Washington University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)
  7. Research/Job Opportunities
  8. Strategy for finding a mentor
  9. Help finding a summer job
  10. List of potential mentors
  11. Clinical Research Funder Studies at WUSM
  12. NIH

Presentations by Biology 500 students
Iris Chin: Using Williams-Beuren Syndrome to Identify a Conserved Social "Genetic Toolkit" in Drosophila melanogaster
Emily Goering: Investigating the epigenetic fate of CD8 T cells in the lymph node

  21-Nov-17 NO CLASS  


Petra Anne Levin

From Frogs to Bacteria: How to Succeed in Research by Really Really Trying

  1. The Division Inhibitor EzrA Contains a Seven-Residue Patch Required for Maintaining the Dynamic Nature of the Medial FtsZ Ring
  2. The great divide: coordinating cell cycle events during bacterial growth and division
13 5-Dec-17 Jonathan Myers

Causes and Consequences of Biodiversity in Our Changing World

  1. Matters of Scale
  2. Biodiversity loss and its impact on humanity
  3. Beta-diversity in temperate and tropical forests reflects dissimilar mechanisms of community assembly

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