GEN 800 Seminar Courses

Fall 2017

GEN 800 Sec 001/BMB 960 Sec 001

Course Title: Genetic Applications for Improving Food Security

When: Thursdays 3:00-4:45 PM

First organizational meeting: Thursday Aug 24th at 3:30pm, 1425 BPS 
Where: Biochemistry Building Room 208
Course Coordinator(s): Ryan Corbett (, Amanda Koenig (, and Katerina Lay (

Faculty facilitators: Cathy Ernst, Susanne Hoffmann-Benning, Shinhan Shiu
Course Description:

As the world population is projected to reach 9 billion people by the year 2050, issues of food security are increasingly pressing. In this course, students will be introduced to ways in which genetics and genomics tools are used to enhance crop and livestock production in a changing world. We plan to investigate how -omics and other “big data” studies in particular can provide solutions to relevant issues such as climate change, antibiotic resistance, animal welfare concerns, and human malnutrition. Throughout the semester, students will be asked to present scientific papers related to these topics, prepare questions, and moderate class discussion. In addition, a component of this seminar will be focused on improving students’ science communication skills to the general public and understanding how genetic research has manifested in science policy.