Bio188: Evolutionary Medicine (Spring 2016)

Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution” -Theodosius Dobzhansky 1973

As humans are biological organisms, this means nothing in medicine makes sense without the application of evolutionary theory.

Yet, most medical degrees do not cover evolutionary biology.

This course teaches a range of topics covered by evolutionary medicine, including human genetic variation, mismatches to modernity, reproductive medicine, degenerative disease, host–pathogen interactions and insights from comparisons with other species. It introduces the concept of evolutionary thinking as a complimentary approach to established approaches in medical science, such as molecular medicine and cell and developmental biology. We will also discuss the utility of evolutionary thinking for contemporary clinical and heath practices.


Bio140: Genetics (Fall 2016, co-taught with Prof. Aaron Hernday)

This course teaches concepts of gene inheritance, structure and
function of genes and genomes, recombination, genetic mapping, gene regulation, mutation, and basic concepts of evolutionary genetics. This course develops logical and mathematical skills in addition to basic cellular processes. The laboratory component applies some important concepts from the course.