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Jayna L. Ditty

Professor and Chair of the department
Degree
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Office
OWS 351/Lab: OWS 261
Phone
(651) 962-5245
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5245
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

Professional Interests

◦ Chemotaxis toward aromatic hydrocarbons in Pseudomonas species

◦ Use of Bioinformatic tools in the undergraduate curriculum

◦ Photic entrainment of the Synechococcus elongates circadian clock

◦ Efficacy of novel antimicrobial compounds

Spring 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 208 - 02 Biological Comm & Energetics - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MHC 205
CRN: 21002 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jayna L. Ditty The purpose of this course is to introduce the structure and function of cells, and how structure and function drives organismal physiology and diversity. By the end of this course, through lecture and laboratory exercises, students should have an understanding of the basic components of cells, how cells and organisms transfer genetic information to future generations, how communication is integral to cellular and organismal function, and how cells and organisms generate and process energy to drive physiological functions. In addition, students will continue to improve skills for scientific inquiry through activities designed to increase familiarity with the scientific literature and science terminology, improve skills to design and critically analyze experiments, foster ability to work with a scientific team, and provide opportunities to improve scientific writing. Any one topic covered in this course has enough material for a course of its own. However, this course will give basic overview of a series of selected topics that are meant to introduce students to the vast field of cellular and organismal biology and the use of biological science in life. Prerequisite: Concurrent or previous enrollment in CHEM 112 or CHEM 115 and C- or above in BIOL 207

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BIOL 389 - I3 Research - - - - - - - -
CRN: 23119 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jayna L. Ditty Original laboratory, field, library or other analytical investigation under the direction of a member of the biology faculty, culminating in either a written research paper or an oral presentation. Upper-class standing not required. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 and permission of the instructor and the department chair

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Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BCHM 301 - 01 Biochemistry Seminar Series 1 - T - - - - - 1330 - 1510 OSS 325
CRN: 40940 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Jayna L. Ditty This sequence of courses is begun the first semester of the junior year and progresses for a total of three semesters. The first (301) course is two credits and is graded on the usual letter grade scale. The second two courses (302 and 303) are no credit and are graded on a pass-fail basis (S/R). The first course (301) is an in-depth investigation of selected current topics in biochemistry designed to develop critical scientific reading, writing, and presenting skills while exploring biochemical primary literature. The subject matter will vary from year to year and will be announced in the annual Class Schedule. The class will meet for one and a half hours once a week with evaluation based upon in-class discussion and quality of written and oral assignments. The second and third courses (302 and 303) are a two-semester seminar requirement whereby students must attend Biology and Chemistry departmental seminars. Required of all Biochemistry majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, completion or current enrollment in BIOL 209

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BCHM 302 - 01 Biochemistry Seminar Series 2 - - - - F - - 1215 - 1320
CRN: 40941 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Jayna L. Ditty This sequence of courses is begun the first semester of the junior year and progresses for a total of three semesters. The first (301) course is two credits and is graded on the usual letter grade scale. The second two courses (302 and 303) are no credit and are graded on a pass-fail basis (S/R). The first course (301) is an in-depth investigation of selected current topics in biochemistry designed to develop critical scientific reading, writing, and presenting skills while exploring biochemical primary literature. The subject matter will vary from year to year and will be announced in the annual Class Schedule. The class will meet for one and a half hours once a week with evaluation based upon in-class discussion and quality of written and oral assignments. The second and third courses (302 and 303) are a two-semester seminar requirement whereby students must attend Biology and Chemistry departmental seminars. Required of all Biochemistry majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, completion or current enrollment in BIOL 209

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