California State University Northridge

California State University Northridge

I teach from the perspective of a research scientist with emphasis on primary papers at all course levels in the Biology Department.

BIOL360 Genetics (I last taught Spring 2015)

The goals of this course are to furnish a comprehensive overview of modern genetics and to have students become part of the scientifically educated electorate.  This will entail you to know: (1) how genetic information is transmitted and the connections between genotype and phenotype; (2) the molecular processes of DNA replication, RNA transcription, and protein translation; (3) genetics’ current relationship with medicine, molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology, and evolutionary biology. In the process, we will also read and learn from scientific literature.

BIOL442/L Developmental Biology with lab (last taught Fall 2016; next scheduled Fall 2017)

The goal of this course is to furnish a comprehensive overview of modern developmental biology.  This will entail: (1) providing an understanding of how organisms develop from a single cell zygote to a multicellular adult at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels; (2) developing analytical skills by reading research articles that will enable you to understand how new knowledge is acquired based on hypotheses testing and experimental validation; (3) emphasizing the integrative nature of developmental biology and its relationship with medicine, molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology, and evolutionary biology. In the process, we will identify general principles of development and outstanding questions for the future. This course was previously known as BIOL542/L and is usually offered every fall semester.

BIOL562 Molecular Genetics of Eukaryotes (last taught 2014)

The overall course objective is to understand the genetic mechanisms controlling gene regulation, as well as to become current in molecular biology techniques, competent in analyzing data in scientific research articles, and experienced in communicating written and oral scientific data. Big questions include: What is a gene? How does technology change our questions? How do closely related species differ genetically, e.g. are there genes that make humans human?

Biology Colloquium: BIOL490 (for undergraduates) and BIOL692 (for MS students)(I organize this course every spring semester)

The colloquium series features researchers from around the globe and represent a broad swath of biological disciplines that a student in biology should be able to understand and over this course, appreciate. The goal is to learn about at least one new method or idea after each talk. Undergraduates can write summaries of the talks and get feedbacks. The class time is from 2:00-3:30 pm Fridays. Click here for the current Spring 2017 speaker schedule.

BIOL495 (Independent Research for Undergraduates, every semester)

This 3-unit course offers undergraduate students the opportunity to perform a research project in biology with a faculty mentor. BIOL106/107 are required.