Teaching

Biology 358

Microbiology lecture and laboratory emphasizes prokaryotic cell structure and function, gene regulation, horizontal gene transfer and host-microbe interactions.

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Igniting methane produced by Methanogens of the domain Archaea living in the sediment of Reed Canyon Lake.

Catalog Description: Full course for one semester. The biology of microorganisms, emphasizing prokaryotic anatomy, growth and cultivation, metabolism, genetics and gene regulation. Lecture topics include bacteria-to-bacteria signaling, biofilms, secretion, host-parasite interactions, microbial diversity, bacteriophage biology, and the use of phage as genetic tools. Lectures are supplemented with readings from the primary literature. Laboratory exercises demonstrate principles covered in lecture and instruct students on research techniques. An advanced, independent research project is required. Prerequisite: Biology 101/102, Chemistry 101/102. Lecture-laboratory.

Recent Independent Projects

Microbial Evolution and Growth Arena (MEGA)-plate
By August Staubus and Colin Hawkinson, Spring 2017

Cleaning Up Dirty Ideas about the Bugs in Your Sponge: The Effects of Microwaving on the Diversity and Population Size of Bacteria in Kitchen Sponges
By Stephanie Gee and Nicholas Thayer, Spring 2017

The effects of glucose availability on the virulence of EPEC and adhesion of type I fimbriae to HEp-2 cells
By Avehi Singh and Savannah Hugueley, Spring 2017

Effect of carbon source on methane production by methanogens isolated from the Reed Canyon
By Akanksha Majumdar
Katie McPherson and
Mia Galbraith-Liss, Spring 2017

Selective Inhibition of EPEC Adhesion by Mannose Homologues
By Ethan Ho and Charis Roberts, Spring 2016

Soil Bacteria and the Search for Bioremediation Techniques
By Clara Herrera and Morgan Vague, Spring 2016

Bacterial Diversity on Portland Buses
By Mical Yohannes and Fenner Macrae, Spring 2015

Seeking Metal-Reducing Bacteria in Portland Waterways to Produce Capturable Energy
By Evan Welch and Emily Zetkulic, Spring 2015

Bacterial Content of an Over-the-Counter Probiotic Supplement
By Amanda Carnegie and Sarah Resnick, Spring 2014

Sediment from Different Depths of Reed Canyon Lake and the Resulting Effect on Voltage Production
By Jennilyn Nelson and Eleanore Pike, Spring 2014

Identifying Genes Responsible for Expression of Prodigiosin Using Transposon Mutagenesis in Serratia marcescens
By Anand Panchal and Vyom Shukla, Spring 2012

Canines and Cocci on Campus: How a Dog Contributes to the Microbial Diversity Found within a College Professor’s Office
By Taylor Stinchcomb, Spring 2012

Methanogenesis Efficiency in Bioreactors
By Uji Venkat and Kevin Schmidt, Spring 2012

It's Electric! Energy-Producing Microbes in Reed Canyon
By Mica Peacock, Spring 2011

Bacterial Food Preferences in Caenorhabditis elegans
By Jessie Ellington and Elizabeth Montgomery, Spring 2010

Initiating Loss of Hypermutability by Complementation of a Functional mutS Gene in Escherichia coli
By Daniel Bernstein, Spring 2010

Bacterial Diversity Between Different Plantae Species in Oregon in order to Understand Pathogenesis
By Charlene Grahn and Mischka Moechtar, Spring 2010

Biology 431

Seminar on Bacterial Pathogenesis. An examination of how bacterial pathogens interact with host organisms in order to cause disease. Topics include adhesion, colonization, invasion, toxins, subversion of host cell signaling events, immune evasion, persisters, and bacteria-to-bacteria communication as they pertain to pathogenesis.

Biology 463

Immunology is a primarily lecture, conference course that will address basic principles of mammalian immunity. One inquiry-based laboratory exercise to investigate interleukin-2 production by lymphocytes will be conducted over two, regularly scheduled class periods.

Catalog Description: One-half course for one semester. A discussion of the properties of innate and adaptive immunity, the cells of the immune system, antibody structure and function, antigen recognition, lymphocyte activation and immunity to microbes. Topics also covered will include immunodeficiency and AIDS, and transplantation. An inquiry-based laboratory exercise will be required.  Prerequisites: Biology 101/102 and one of Biology 358 or 372. Lecture-laboratory-conference.