Current courses taught:
HSCI-190: Introduction to Genetics and Genomics
This course is designed to provide nursing students with a basic understanding of the form and function of DNA, genomic organization, cytogenetics, principles of simple and complex inheritance, whole genome association, and genomic diversity in disease. Translational and clinical applications will be emphasized throughout the course, utilizing case presentations, problem-based learning, and lectures.
HSCI-355: Genetics in Health and Disease (with lab)
Fall (co-taught with Ronit Yarden, Ph.D.)
This course is designed to reinforce basic principles of genetics, and introduce central principles of translational and clinical genetics. The student will learn about both classical Mendelian disorders as well as the role of genetics in common adult disease. Upon completion of the course, the student will have a deep understanding of current genetic information in health and disease.
HSCI-374/BIOL-374: Genome Instability and Human Disease
Spring (co-taught with Ronit Yarden, Ph.D.)
Our genome is subjected to multiple insults from endogenous and exogenous environmental sources that disturb its integrity. Cells have developed surveillance mechanisms that recognize and respond to cell and DNA damage including DNA repair, cell cycle checkpoints, and programmed apoptosis. When these pathways are compromised or disrupted, the individual is at risk for genomic instability that can lead to a number of diseases and conditions, including cancer, neurological degeneration, immunodeficiency, premature aging, developmental defects, and infertility. This course will focus on the topic of genome instability and its relation to human disease, providing background and historical development of studies, and focusing on molecular mechanisms of these pathways while incorporating current developments in these areas.
HSCI-311-07: Independent Research
Fall and Spring
This course is designed for students to develop original, independent research in genetics and molecular biology, specifically in the LaRocque Lab. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: design and conduct an original research project; develop experience with experimental techniques in genetics and/or molecular biology; develop a working knowledge of relevant research literature; practice scientific writing, oral scientific presentation, and/or participate in the peer review process; discuss the research and topic with other biologists.