Plant and Microbial Biology 24, Section 2

The Marvelous Miniature World of Microbes (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor Arash Komeili
Thursday 4:00-5:00, 209 GPBB, Class number: 27333

This freshman seminar will introduce you to the marvelous world of microbiology. Students will split their time between light lab work and discussion-based lectures focused on the microbes that live all around us. We will touch on microbial communities, central dogma, and biological engineering with techniques that include culturing microbes, extracting and sequencing DNA, and microscopy. This pass/no pass seminar culminates in students sharing observations and images collected during different experiments in a final showcase.

Instructor Bio

Arash Komeili is a faculty member in the Plant and Microbial Biology Department. His research focus is the study of cellular organization in bacteria. In particular, his group studies the formation of magnetic particles by a fascinating group of microbes called magnetotactic bacteria. He has been at Berkeley since 2005.

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We seek a diverse group of students ready to use their life experiences as they explore the microbial world. No prior experience in a laboratory is necessary and students considering all courses of study are welcome!