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Genetics 546: Evolutionary Systems Biology Modeling Introduction

Building your own simulation model of a biosystem you study boosts your critical thinking skills like little else. Annually since Fall 2013 this course has been bending minds, from sophomores to PhD students, from genetics to computer sciences and beyond, assisting newcomers without prerequisites to get their first mechanistic model of concurrent biological processes up and running. If you look for a safe base from where to start adventures in biodata science and modeling, want to improve your writing skills, or aim to apply for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship: then Genetics 546 is definitively for you.

PDF of flyer for Genetics 546.

PDF of Syllabus for Genetics 546.

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In this course you will ...

  • Pick your own research topic and work with others in an interdisciplinary group
  • Hone your problem-solving skills in an active problem-based learning environment
  • Learn the 5 W's of modeling: What system, Which parts, When actions occur, Where, & Why?
  • Explore the predictive power of modeling in biology, draw boundaries, recognize limitations
  • Learn to use a modeling tool designed to be accessible and mathematically accurate
  • Receive one-on-one help from an expert with 15+ years of modeling experience
  • Learn how to write the grants needed to fund your scientific research instead of taking exams

 

Prerequisite: You will need an open mind and an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to modeling in biology.

Open Enrollment: Undergrads and grad students from any field related to biology, from molecular to ecology and evolution,

medicine, chemistry, physics, math, stats, computer sciences, engineering, and beyond are welcome!


Download a PDF of most info on this page as a flyer for printing.

Download a PDF of the Syllabus here.

Questions?

Please contact Laurence Loewe:

email: loewe@wisc.edu, office phone: +1(608)-316-4324, lab phone: +1(608)-316-4326.

Laboratory of Genetics and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

This course would be an ideal cap stone course, since it gives you the flexibility to show what you have learned by integrating diverse aspects of a biological system of your choice into a simulation model that you will use for producing the preliminary simulation results needed for composing a convincing grant application. The instructor is working towards offering the cap stone option officially. However, if you cannot wait, email the instructor to explore this further (put "EvoSysBio Capstone" in the subject line). 

Are you a Senior Undergraduate Student planning to go directly into a PhD, or are you a first year PhD student? If so, consider the NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP). The instructor will do what is possible to help you leverage your work in the course for improving your GRFP application, which can then also count as your contributions to  the grant application to be completed for this course. If you aim to ideally prepare for this, please email the instructor with a few lines about this (put "EvoSysBio NSF GRFP" in the subject line). 

 

The Evolutionary Systems Biology Course @ UW-Madison

3 Credits | Genetics 546 | Lecture Tue 4:00-5:15pm + Lab Thu 4:00-6:00pm  | Next course: Fall 2018 at UW-Madison

Location: Wendt Commons 410B | organized by Laurence Loewe

Download a PDF of most info on this page as a flyer for printing.

Download a PDF of the Syllabus here.

 

Questions?

Please contact Laurence Loewe:

email: loewe@wisc.edu, office phone: +1(608)-316-4324, lab phone: +1(608)-316-4326.

Laboratory of Genetics and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.