Recently, BIOL 204 students spent several weeks learning techniques to measure glucose transport and glucose metabolism in yeast. The images below were taken during their second week of Design-Your-Own labs in which students performed a series of two experiments to investigate their own questions on glucose transport or metabolism.
Emma Wilson uses the microspectrophotometer
to measure glucose consumption.
UST student Rachel Sweet (R) and instructor Rebecca Moen (L) measure glucose uptake using the flow cytometer.
Students in BIOL 360 were studying a DNA variation that is associated with lactose intolerance in some human populations. Students isolated human DNA and used the techniques of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and restriction digest to analyze the genetic makeup of the DNA sample they were given. Students were then asked to predicted the frequency of lactose intolerance in the population of individuals whose DNA was analyzed.
The Biology department has made some important changes. We have hired 3 new faculty: Dr. Jerry Husak (tenure-track), Dr. Hangkyo Lim (clinical faculty), and Dr. Jadin Jackson, (clinical faclulty).
Our department is also excited about implementing a new core curriculum that we have been working on for over a year. The first course, Genetics, Ecology, & Evolution (BIOL 207) is being offered now. It will be followed by Biological Communication & Energetics (BIOL 208) in the spring and Biology of Sustainability (BIOL 209) next fall. Read more about these exciting new classes here.