Nanocourses in Biomedical Sciences

Nanocourses are short courses that meet for a total of ~7-8 hours and typically address a new or evolving area that is not covered by the standard graduate curriculum. The course could be given in a week or two days or even over 7 weeks. Typical nanocourses could involve new methodologies (super-resolution microscopy, microfluidics, proteomics) or could focus on a specific biological entity (exocyst) or could be practical (presenting scientific data using Photoshop and Illustrator). Course could include, lecture, discussion, paper presentations, problem solving or other modalities.
Each Nanocourse is worth 0.5 credits.
Grading is Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

To request course, please submit the Nanocourse Request form PDF Icon to Cheryl Small in the College of Graduate Studies, Room 3122 WH.
At least 3 students' names must be on the request form for the course to be offered.
Following submission of the form, faculty will work with students to arrange timing of the course.

Nanocourses Spring 2017

GS647-001 Nanocourse: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Course Instructor(s): Mark Polhemus, M.D., with instruction assistance of Kristopher Paolino, M.D., Christina Lupone, MPH, Aaron Glass, PhD, Lisa Ware, James Vossler, M.S., Timothy Endy, M.D., MPH
Enrollment limit: 10
Brief Description:

  1. Background Factors Impacting Emerging Infectious Diseases- Drivers of Disease Emergence from Ecology to Epidemiology
  2. Factors of Emergence in Anti-Microbial Resistance: A Look into the Threat of Tuberculosis, Malaria, Gram Negative Bacteria, and Gonorrhea
  3. Arboviruses and Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses- You Pick One and We Discuss
  4. Influenza: Pandemic Immunology
  5. Immunology of HIV/AIDS and Emerging Issues in STD’s
  6. urrent Laboratory Capacity for EID’s: A Perspective from a Hospital Microbiologist
  7. Global Preparedness and Field Responses - Microbiology and Immunology Tools for the Scientist

GS647-002 Nanocourse: Introduction to Flow Cytometry
Course Instructor(s): Steven Taffet, Ph.D., Aaron Glass, Ph.D., Lisa Phelps
Enrollment limit: 6 (but if more are interested we can offer more sessions
Brief Description:
Classes will include: Introduction to flow, Design of antibody panels, Hands on training on the cytometer, Analysis of Flow Data (FloJo), New trends in flow cytometry

GS647-003 Nanocourse: Mitochondrial DNA Replication- Un muddling the field
Course Instructor(s): Mark Schmitt, Ph.D.
Enrollment limit: 10
Brief Description:
4, 2 hour classes over a 4 week period. Cover recent papers in yeast and mammalian cells that disagree on the mode of DNA replication in mitochondria. The class will require students to read several papers each week and be ready to discuss them.

GS647-004 Nanocourse: Radiobiology
Course Instructor(s): Jason Horton, Ph.D., Sandra Hudson, Ph.D. and Paul Aridgides M.D.
Enrollment limit: 20
Brief Description:
Ionizing radiation is used as a cytotoxic agent in biomedical applications. This course will review the unique aspects of ionizing radiation as physical entity, and its atomic, molecular and physiological effects on living cells and tissues. Topics to be discussed will include radiation effects on cellular biology, oxidative stress and free radical chemistry, applications in cancer therapy, experimental model systems, adverse events and toxicity associated with radiation exposure, and clinical translation of basic radiobiology to the practice of radiation oncology. The course will be presentation/discussion based, and supplemented by readings assigned by the instructors. Student performance will be assessed on the basis of participation in in-class discussion and completion of two home-work assignments.

GS647-005 Nanocourse: Vaccine Development
Course Instructor(s): Mark Polhemus, M.D., with instruction assistance of Kristopher Paolino, M.D.,, Christina Lupone, MPH, Aaron Glass, PhD, Lisa Ware
Enrollment limit: 10
Brief Description:
Vaccine Development nanocourse will feature 7 one-hour lecture and discussion sessions of the following:

  1. Introduction: The Historical Impact of Vaccines on Disease Epidemiology and the Economic Burden of Vaccine Development
  2. The History of Regulatory Affairs and Oversight of Vaccine Development
  3. Vaccines and Immunological Memory
  4. Vaccines as Therapeutics: How to fight Cancer with Vaccines
  5. Advances in Vaccine and Immunization Technologies
  6. Debate Arguments on Vaccine Safety: Anti-Vaxxer versus Pro-Vaxxer
  7. New Vaccines: Challenges and Prospects in Development

GS647-006 Nanocourse: What Do I do next?
Course Instructor(s): Mark Schmitt, Ph.D.
Enrollment limit: 8
Brief Description:
The class will have 4, 2 hour sessions over a four week period. Each week 1-3 papers will be assigned. In class student will discuss the papers and will work on where the research is going, how one would decide the best course of action to progress the field further. Topics will delve down into what experiments should be done next, how those experiments should be set up, expected results, ect.