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BMI 811: Biology for Brain-Mind Research

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Jon Stoltzfus, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824 USA

A 3-week onsite course, with optional distance learning for the early two weeks
June 25 - July 13, 2012
Lectures: Room 281 Chemistry Building
1st week: 9:00am-10:30am & 10:45am-12:15pm; 2nd & 3rd weeks: 1:30pm-3:00pm & 3:15pm-4:45pm

Course Description

This course is the first course in the BMI 6-Discipline Certificate (6CD) program.  This course is designed to provide participants with the background required for more advanced exploration of the biological basis of brain function.  Participants are introduced to fundamental principles of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and cell biology.  Topics covered include the structure and function of biological macromolecules, the organization of these molecules into cells, energy generation and utilization by these cells, regulation of genes and synthesis of protein in these cells, and how these cells are integrated into multicellular systems and organisms.

Course syllabus and text book.

Short Bio

Jon Stoltzfus earned his B.S. degree from Purdue University and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University.  Following postdoctoral work studying the molecular basis of learning and memory in Drosophila melanogaster, he accepted a teaching position in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  He regularly teaches basic biology for non-science students, introductory cell and molecular biology for science majors, biochemistry for dieticians, and advanced biochemistry for undergraduate biochemistry and physiology majors and is involved in research related to student learning in upper-level biochemistry courses.  He has also taught a two week special course for biotechnology students at Can Tho University in Vietnam.