BIOS S-12 Principles and Techniques of Molecular Biology

7-week session | CRN 32378

The course addresses both the fundamental principles and techniques of molecular biology. Students gain an in-depth knowledge of nucleic acid structure, molecular genetics, and the biochemistry of transcription and protein synthesis. Other topics include how mechanisms of gene regulation play a role in retroviral pathogenesis, embryonic development, and the generation of immune diversity. Each lecture directly relates molecular biology to current laboratory techniques. The laboratory portion of the course represents a complete experimental project. A combination of experiments gives students a broad exposure to several important techniques in molecular biology, together with the direct experience of an intensive research project. Experiments include current approaches to mutation analysis, protein interaction assays, and recombinant cDNA cloning by PCR.

Course information
Class meetings

Mondays, Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
Science Center Hall E

Required laboratories to be arranged.

Start date

Monday, June 25


4 credits

Course tuition


Enrollment status

  • Limited to 54 students
  • Current enrollment: 33
  • Availability: Filling
  • Prerequisites

    BIOS S-1a and BIOS S-1b, or the equivalent.


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    Alain Viel, PhD.

    Senior Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

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