BIOL 306L: Projects in Synthetic Molecular Biology has recently been updated to allow more students to participate during the Spring 2018 semester. This could serve as an upper level lab elective for Biology majors.
This laboratory course, designed to be a Course Based Research Experience (CURE), will introduce students to Synthetic Biology. Students will use a laboratory strain of E. coli to genetically modify the bacteria in ways that will increase our understanding of gene regulation, enzymatic activities, or genetic circuits. Students will familiarize themselves with the techniques needed to modify E.coli. Students will design their own synthetic biology project and after consultation with the instructor, the rest of the semester students will be constructing their synthetic biology project (a modified E. coli strain of their design).
Pre-reqs: BIOL 300L, BIOL 302, and BIOL 303 (all with a grade of "C" or better.