How did life evolve? How can we understand the principles of biological systems to create new proteins, new chemicals, biological structures, cells and tissues? These topics are covered in this graduate level "flipped course" which combines online lectures from scientific leaders in the field with related scientific papers, along with a series of questions to prompt discussion.
This course was designed by Drs. Ron Vale and James Fraser at UCSF for a flipped course with UCSF graduate students in Spring 2015 (watch a short video overview of the course). The students in the course created the discussion questions for the class period and co-led the discussions with the faculty members. Each student also prepared teaching tools to go with each of the online lectures as the final project of the class. These teaching tools provide review and additional discussion questions and answers on the seminars and paper, as well as notes on the seminar for Educators to be able to adapt for their own classrooms. To access the assignment materials you must register as an educator. If you are already registered, then log in here.
- Session 1: Origins of Life
- Session 2: Microbial Diversity and Evolution
- Session 3: Protein Design
- Session 4: An Introduction to Polyketide Assembly Lines
- Session 5: Nanofabrication via Structural DNA
- Session 6: Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering
- Session 7: Tissue Engineering
- Session 8: Controlled Drug Release Technology
- Session 9: Advancing the Treatment of Retinal Diseases