2021-2022 Course Information

BIO332H5 - Biology Field Research
Summer 2022
Prof. Peter Kotanen

A two-week Biology field research experience offered in one of the summer terms. The location, subject of the research, and instructor will change according to a regular cycle. Details will be made available on the Department of Biology website well in advance of a change to location. Please note that this course can only be completed once. There will be additional costs for travel and accommodation. [12L/80P]
In 2022, this course will focus on arctic ecosystems, and will be held in Churchill, Manitoba from 27 July to 10 August.
See https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/~w3pkota/arctic_field_course_ad_2022.pdf for further details.
Non UTM students who are interested in enroling into this course and who have been granted an LOP from their home university need to apply as a visiting student (non-degree) by April 15 for S Summer Session classes (courses that begin in July). Application can be found here: 
https://student.utm.utoronto.ca/visiting/.
Prerequisites: 6.0 credits and current registration in a Biology, Ecology, Environment/Geography or Earth Science program and permission of the instructor. Students enrolled at other universities are permitted if space allows; similar prerequisites apply.
Recommended Prep: STA215H5 or equivalent 200-level STA course
 
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BIO484H5F: Special Topics in Biology II
Summer 2022
Title: The Diversity of Host-Microbe Interactions
Instructor: Dr. Hind Emad
 
Course Description:
Microbes may not be visible to our naked eyes, but they are ubiquitous in our environment and inside us. Through lectures and discussions, this course explores the diversity of host-microbe interactions and which factors determine whether these interactions are mutualistic or infectious. Topics include: microbial virulence, pathogens and disease, host defence, antibiotics and antibiotic resistance, host-microbe co-evolution and beneficial microbes. During this course, students will research a host-microbe interaction of their choice and present their work in mini-lectures.
Prerequisite: BIO206H5, BIO370Y5 or BIO373H5
BIO324H5S - Plant Biochemistry
Spring 2022
Prof. Michael Phillips
This course examines plants as the biochemical motors and sustainers of life on earth. The major pathways of plant metabolism are surveyed to provide students with an integrated model of plant cells as autonomous biochemical networks. This course further emphasizes the specialized metabolism of economically significant plant species, the biosynthesis of pharmacologically and agriculturally important metabolites, and the role of biotechnology in engineering exotic plant metabolism in industrial settings. [36L]
Exclusion: CSB475H1
Prerequisites: BIO203H5 and BIO206H5 and CHM120H5 or permission of instructor
Recommended Prep: BIO312H5 and CHM242H5 and CHM362H5
 
BIO434H5S - Social and Developmental Determinants of Human Health
Spring 2022
Prof. Leanne De Souza
This course encourages students to explore the relationship between social conditions and health outcomes. Topics may vary across years. Topics include the importance of the early years, interactions between the environment and the genes, epigenetic influences on health, sensitive periods of development, the influence of nutrition on health, the interaction between social policy, medical care, social class and human health. The students direct the learning experience in groups as they engage in case-based and problem-based learning. Note: Students interested in this course must contact the Biology Undergraduate Advisor to enroll.
Prerequisites: permission of instructor
Please email Diane Matias (d.matias@utoronto.ca) if you wish to be considered for BIO434H5 after enrolling in this course.
 
BIO475H5S - Virology
Spring 2022
Prof. Christine Palermo
Virology examines the biology of viruses infecting all forms of life including humans and other animals, plants, eukaryotic microorganisms, and bacteria. The scope ranges from the molecular biology of virus replication to virus evolution and ecology. Current issues surrounding virology and society are incorporated into the course including vaccines, emerging viruses, and even consideration of practical applications of viruses. [24L, 24S]
Exclusion: CSB351Y1
Prerequisites: permission of instructor and (BIO370Y5 or BIO371H5 or BIO372H5)
Recommended Prep: BIO373H5
Students interested in this course should enroll on ROSI/Acorn as usual. The Department will review student requests and approve those who will be offered a spot in the course. Eligible students should meet the course pre-requisites, have a strong CGPA and be enrolled in a Biology Program (preference is given to specialist students).
 
 
BIO477H5S - The Human Genome and Cancer Biology
Spring 2022
Prof. Nagham Abdalahad
The first part of the course examines the structure and molecular biology of the human genome. Topics will include: the sequencing of the human genome; variation between genomes; and various aspects of functional genomics such as a brief overview of how gene expression is regulated and how genomics is being utilized in health and medicine. Techniques such as high throughput sequencing will be covered. The second part of the course examines the molecular and genetic basis of cancer including the role of oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes and cell cycle regulating proteins in the development of this disease. It also looks at cancer from a functional genomics perspective. Lectures and seminars involve presentations and discussion of recently published research articles. [36L, 12S]
Exclusion: MGY470H1
Prerequisites: (BIO370Y5 or BIO372H5) and permission of instructor
Recommended Prep: BIO314H5 and BIO315H5
Students interested in this course should enroll on ROSI/Acorn as usual. Preference in this course is given to 4th year students in the Molecular Biology Specialist and the Bioinformatics Specialist. Second preference is given to other students with the pre-requisites. Generally students in the Biology Minor and Biology Science Major are not approved in this course.
 
BIO481Y5Y - Biology Research Project
Full Year
Prof. Mark Currie
Students in this course will conduct a research project under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Biology. The course is open to third and fourth year students. Students learn how to design, carry out, and evaluate the results of a research project. Students are required to write and present a research proposal, write a term paper, and present a seminar on the results of their research project. All students interested in a research project must approach potential faculty supervisors several months in advance of the beginning of term. Students must obtain permission from the faculty member whom they would like to serve as their project supervisor. Students must meet with the course coordinator periodically throughout the academic year.
Exclusion: BIO400Y5 or JCB487Y5
Prerequisites: permission of instructor
Interested students should enroll on Acorn as usual and they must provide Stephanie do Rego (stephanie.dorego@utoronto.ca) with the name of a research professor who has agreed to supervise their project by the end of the second week of classes in September. Students will remain INT until the supervisor has been confirmed.
 

2021-2022 Special Topics Courses
 
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BIO484H5F: Special Topics in Biology II
Summer 2022
Title: The Diversity of Host-Microbe Interactions
Instructor: Dr. Hind Emad
 
Course Description:
Microbes may not be visible to our naked eyes, but they are ubiquitous in our environment and inside us. Through lectures and discussions, this course explores the diversity of host-microbe interactions and which factors determine whether these interactions are mutualistic or infectious. Topics include: microbial virulence, pathogens and disease, host defence, antibiotics and antibiotic resistance, host-microbe co-evolution and beneficial microbes. During this course, students will research a host-microbe interaction of their choice and present their work in mini-lectures.
Prerequisite: BIO206H5, BIO370Y5 or BIO373H5
 
BIO483H5S – Special Topics in Biology I
Spring 2022
Title: Algorithms and The Brain
Instructor: Dr. Arbora Resulaj

This class will cover the fundamental principles of biological data analysis using big neuroscience datasets as examples. Topics covered will include methods to sample data, regression, and classification. In parallel, we will ask how the brain itself might analyze externally and internally generated streams of data.
Prerequisites: Completion of 8.0 credits including BIO152, BIO153, MAT132H and MAT134H or MAT135Y, and STA215H
 
BIO484H5S: Special Topics in Biology II
Spring 2022 (LEC0101)
Title: Biological data science (or Topics in Biological Data Science)
Instructor: Dr. Alex Nguyen Ba
Biology has become a data-driven science with the arrival of complex datasets in genomics, imaging and other technologies. Extracting meaningful information from these large-scale experiments requires approaches that unify statistics and computer science. This course examines major concepts in statistics and methodologies for data science in the field of biology. By exploring fundamental problems in biology (such as the field of genetics, evolution, microscopy imaging, and development), the course will focus on strengthening mathematical intuition on core topics such as hypothesis testing, statistical models, and regression, while connecting these concepts to classification and machine learning.
Prerequisites: STA215H5, BIO360H5. It is recommended that students also have taken BIO361H5.

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