Biocatalysis and Biodegradation
Synopsis: This course covers fundamentals of microbial enzymes and metabolism as pertaining to biodegradation of environmental pollutants and biosynthesis for making commodity chemicals. Emphasis will be placed on practical examples. The course features a number of high-level guest speakers from industry, who talk about biocatalysis and biodegradation as it relates to environmental and industrial practices.
Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics
Synopsis: The course Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics is an introduction to genomics with an emphasis on developments in microbial genomics. The topics covered are sequencing methodologies, sequence analysis, genomics databases, information theory and statistics, protein and DNA structure, proteomics and the genomes of model microbes.