This course begins with an in-depth study of molecular biology, emphasizing prokaryotic and eukaryotic genetics and its manipulation. This leads into an in-depth study of human systems. Students engage in a term-long project in which they shadow a scientist in their field and delve into the topic based on their experience. Laboratory work includes genetic transformation of bacteria through plasmids, size exclusion and hydrophobic interaction chromatography, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and gel electrophoresis. The second half of the year involves a field trip to the OHSU cadaver lab and to the primate research center, viewing a live surgery and a variety of animal organ dissections.
Suggested (but not required) prior coursework: Experimental and/or Organic Chemistry.