BME 5130

BME 5130

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2021-2022.

The human microbiome impacts human health in a multitude of ways. To achieve a specific health outcome, we can modify the compositions of the microbiome, the molecules microbes produce, how they interact or how our body interacts with them. Yet, our current toolbox is fairly limited. In this course, we will examine current methods for intervening in the microbiome but focus primarily on cutting-edge technologies for microbiome-related therapeutics. This will include synthetic biology and genetic engineering approaches. Topics will include probiotics, antibiotics, drug discovery, live bacterial therapeutics, biosensors, phage therapies, bacterial evolution and engineering immune responses. We will touch on the safety implications of using different biological technologies. This course is designed for Masters-level students and advanced undergraduate students. There will be a computational component to this course, although no prior computational experience is required. Students will learn generalizable skills such as how to navigate the server, distinguish between the formats of genomics files, and employ command-line tools used in common genomic pipelines.

When Offered Fall.

Comments Only offered Fall of every other year.

  • Understand how to modulate microbiome composition and function.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in leveraging the microbiome for the development of therapeutics or diagnostics.
  • Navigate a server handling sequence files for genomic analyses.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19335 BME 5130   LEC 001

    • TR Weill Hall 226
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Brito, I

  • Instruction Mode: In Person