Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology

Fall Semester 2008                                                       PCB 5530


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Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology provides an integrated overview of the fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms enabling plant growth, development, and function.  The lectures are designed to transition from textbook knowledge to the current primary literature in plant biology.  Students will learn how to critically evaluate published work and how to expand molecular and cellular concepts to laboratory practice through the design of experiments and interpretation of results. This is an excellent course for graduate students that desire a fast-paced, up-to-date introduction to plant molecular biology and genomics.

The course is comprised of four major sections: 1) DNA replication and repair, 2) the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology, 3) Metabolomics, and 4) Structural & Functional Genomics.  Specific topics include:  the cell cycle, DNA replication, transcription, translation, splicing, genome assembly and annotation, forward and reverse genetics, metabolomics and phylogenomics.  Prokaryotic and other non-plant examples are used when they better illustrate a particular concept or molecular model.

Learning Objectives- Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Explain current knowledge of plant genomics and fundamental molecular mechanisms that mediate plant growth, development, function and adaptation

2. List and explain experimental methods and strategies used to elucidate molecular mechanisms

3. Apply principles of molecular biology to the interpretation and design of experiments that elucidate molecular mechanisms controlling plant growth, development, function and adaptation

4. Be able to read and analyze the primary literature in molecular biology and genomics


  Links to Instructors:

Gary Peter

Fredy Altpeter

John Davis

Andrew Hanson