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Didactic courses:
Students are expected to take a minimum of 6 didactic courses in preparation for thesis research.   Within the framework of the MCB Gateway program, these courses will typically be taken during the first year of graduate school, and will consist of two courses per quarter from the following list -
 
Fall 2016
Biological Physics (Physics 230A) 
Code: 48455
Instructor: J. Allard

Mathematical and Computational Biology I (Math 227A)
Code: 45060
Instructor: F. Wan

Critical Thinking in Systems Biology (Dev Bio 203A)
Code: 09364
Instructor: A. Lander

Systems Biology Journal Club (Dev Bio 212)
Code: 09412
Instructor: G. Enciso
 
                 Dynamic Systems in Biology and Medicine (BME 233)
                 *Alternate and Available if you have successfully passed Math 227A.
                 Code: 14445 
                 Instructor: Z. Nenadic
 
Winter 2017

Systems Cell Biology (Dev Bio 232) 
Code: 08850 
L. Bardwell/S. Gross

Mathematical and Computational Biology II (Math 227B) 
Code: 45570 
Q. Nie

Systems Biology Journal Club - Topics (Dev Bio 212B)
Code: 08815 
Z. Wunderlich
 
Spring 2017

Population Dynamics (Eco Evo 251) 
Code: 09355
D. Wodarz

OR

Systems Developmental Biology (Dev Bio 203C) 
Code: 08756
A. Lander/ O. Cinquin

Stochastic and Statistical Methods in Biology (Math 227C) 
Code: 45535
F. Wan

OR

Computational Systems Biology (CompSci 284C)
Code: 34870
E. Mjolsness

Systems Biology Journal Club (Dev Bio 212C)
Code: 08815 
M. Plikus

        Responsible Conduct of Research (M&MG 250)
        Code: 92750
        A. Goldin    
 

Appropriate courses may be substituted for the above with the approval of a student's advisory committee. Following the first year, students may also be required to take additional coursework determined by the department in which the student completes thesis research. 


Bootcamps
Bootcamp2014Depending on their preparation, incoming students will be given 1-2 week "bootcamps" in biology, mathematics and/or computation, during the period just prior to the start of the fall quarter. These intensive training experiences, which involve lectures, demonstrations, and one-on-one instruction, are designed to help students achieve a basic understanding in areas in which they may have received little formal education.
      
 
 Skill building coursework

 

During the fall quarter of the first year, all students take " Critical Thinking in Systems Biology ", which is based upon reading and directed discussion of papers from the literature. Currently under development is a course entitled, " Collaboration 101 ", that will utilize papers from the Systems Biology literature and guest speakers to discuss the central questions of collaboration--when? with whom? how? for how long?--and the logistical and ethical problems that often arise when scientists work together. 
Focused workshops:
Workshops of 2-5 days duration are offered on a rotating basis, and include topics such as Basic and Advanced Fluorescence Techniques; Biological Modeling; Basic Programming; and a Mathematics Clinic.