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Department of Genetics


The following segments of the course are taught by members of the Department of Genetics:


Dr David Summers: Genetic Systems of Prokaryotes [3 lectures, MT]

Lecture 1 - Life without a nucleus : The Prokaryote Cell Cycle ; The Prokaryote Nucleoid and its Structure ; Lack of a Nuclear Membrane has Consequences for Gene Regulation
Lecture 2 -  Prokaryote genomes : The Prokaryotic Chromosome ; Bacterial Plasmids ; Plasmid structure ; Plasmid-encoded phenotypes ; Plasmid Maintenance ; Active Partition of Low Copy Number Plasmids ; Site-Specific Recombination Assists Partitioning Maintenance of Multicopy Plasmids ; Multimer Resolution Systems
Lecture 3 - The genetic flexibility of prokaryotes : Gene Transfer by Conjugation ; Mobile Elements ; Insertion Sequences (IS) ; The Tn3 Transposon Family


Dr Charlotte Houldcroft: Lac and Lambda Phage [2 lectures, MT]

Lecture 1 - The Lac Operon
Lecture 2 - Lambda Phage


Prof Cahir O’Kane : Genome Organisation and Genomics [5 lectures, MT]

Lecture 1 - Genome content and how to sequence it
Lecture 2 -  Genome sequence variation and what we can learn from it
Lecture 3 - Copy number variants and how they evolve
Lecture 4 - Mobile DNA – biology and evolution
Lecture 5 - Genome engineering and its uses in cell and developmental biology


Dr Marisa Segal : Eukaryotic Cytoskeleton & Mitotic Cell Division [4 lectures, LT]

Lecture 1 – The cytoskeleton as a dynamic system
Lecture 2 – Cellular organisation of the actin cytoskeleton
Lecture 3 – Microtubule organisation in cells
Lecture 4 – Mitosis and cell division


Prof Cahir O’Kane : Cell and Organelle regulation [2 lectures, LT]

Lecture 1 – degradative organelles: autophagosomes and lysosomes
Lecture 2 – mitochondria and the endoplasmic reticulum


Dr Ben Steventon : Xenopus and Zebrafish Development [3 lectures, ET]

Lecture 1 – Introduction to Xenopus and Zebrafish and key terms for Invertebrate development
Lecture 2 - Axis specifacation and Patterning the main body
Lecture 3 - Neural specification and regionalisation, and Gastrulation



Dr Marisa Segal ; Prof Cahir O'Kane


Further information about the course and contacts

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Course Organiser : Professor Paul Dupree, Department of Biochemistry [2021/22/23] (Dr Juan Mata 23/24)

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Contributing Depts : Plant Sciences, Genetics, Zoology and Biochemistry