Courses

All students in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology graduate program are required to take one of the BMB "core" courses (MDSC 721 or MDSC 641.01).

MDSC 721: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

This core course covers historical and recent developments in analysis of eukaryotic genomes and control of gene expression, chromosome structure, bioinformatics, sequencing, proteomics, regulatory networks, metabolomics and related technologies and their applications to the study of human disease. No prerequisites

Coordinator:

Dr. Justin MacDonald 
jmacdo@ucalgary.ca 

Instructors:

Dr. Justin MacDonald and colleagues

Schedule:

Half Course (Fall Term), two lectures (90 min each) per week

MDSC 641.01: Advanced Genetics

This course first focuses on the classic papers that established fundamental principles of transmission genetics that we now take for granted. We then build on this knowledge and show how the genetic tools commonly used today are applied to understanding developmental and biochemical pathways. Examples are drawn from flies, worms, fish, mice and humans.

Coordinator:

Dr. Paul Mains
mains@ucalgary.ca 

Schedule:

Half Course (Fall term), two lectures (90 min) per week

Bioinformatics students are also required to take:

MDSC 679 Fundamentals of Bioinformatics

Note: This course assumes some computational background including programming or scripting ability. It is a required course for students in the Bioinformatics specialization of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate program. Students with computational or statistical backgrounds from outside of the specialization may be admitted with consent of the instructor.

Coordinator:

Dr. Jason de Koning
jason.dekoning@ucalgary.ca 

Schedule:

Half Course (Winter term), one lecture (60 minutes) and one lab (180 minutes) per week

Prerequisite(s):

Registration in the Bioinformatics specialization of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate program or consent of instructor.