Randomness and Heritable Memories in Biology
General Catalog Course Title:
Integrative Biology 24, Section 8
Terms Offered:
Spring 2016
Fall 2015
Fall 2014
Course Thread: 
Sciences and Society
Instructor: 
Lim, Han

So you think you are the product of your genes and your environment? Well, that’s only part of the picture. In this seminar series we will discuss how random biochemical events and the experiences of previous generations can shape an organism’s phenotype. Learn why some decisions that determine an organism’s fate are left to chance and how this impacts our strategies for preventing and treating bacterial infections. Discover how single cells can inherit memories. Find out how your grandparents’ environment may have played a role in shaping your development.

Han Lim is in the Department of Integrative Biology and teaches systems biology to biology and bioengineering majors. Dr Lim trained in medicine and surgery in Australia and has a PhD in pediatrics from the University of Cambridge. His lab studies gene regulation in bacteria using a combination of experiments and mathematical modeling in order to obtain insight into the fundamental processes involved in gene regulation, to better understand infectious disease and to uncover design principles that can be applied to synthetic biology.

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