Bio 192* - FOCUS: Phage Bioinformatics (spring)

L41 Bio 192FOCUS: Phage Bioinformatics3.0 Units 

Chris Shaffer, Ph.D.

Lecturer of Biology


A research-based laboratory class for freshmen. Students join a national experiment organized by HHMI, with the goal of genomic characterization of a local phage. Laboratory work focuses on learning computer-based tools for genome analysis followed by annotation and comparative analysis of the genome of a phage (bacterial virus) that was isolated fall semester at WU and sequenced over winter break. Prerequisites: High school courses in biology, chemistry, and physics, at least one at the AP or International Baccalaureate level; permission of the instructor. Limited to 40 students; preference given to those completing Bio 191, Phage Hunters. One hour lecture, one hour discussion, and 3 hrs lab per week.

* This course engages freshman in discussions about current biological research. It is optional and does not replace requirements for the Biology major or for pre-health careers. See the Handbook for Biology Majors for details of Biology major requirements.

Students discuss their discoveries with interested students and faculty at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium held at the John M. Olin library on campus.

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