Schedule for short presentations (techniques/model organisms/medical applications) Biol 5304 2021
Date Topic Textbook pages Student
1 Wed, Sep 1

 Restriction Enzymes/Gel electrophoresis

 148-150  Rebecca Peterson
Fri, Sep 3  Chromosome Conformation Capture  187-188  Harrison Cape
3 Wed, Sep 8  Chemical synthesis/PCR   157-159  Katherine Scalise
Wed, Sep 8  DNA Sequencing   158-162  Brooke Koritala
Fri, Sep 10  Identification of Origins of Replication  290-291  Morgan Smith
6 Mon, Sep 13  DNA Cloning and Transformation  154-155  Amber Siddiqui
Mon, Sep 13  Anticancer drugs in DNA replication  268  Madigan Eppink
Wed, Sep 15  Shotgun Sequencing  162-165  Daniel Chavez
Wed, Sep 15  Next Generation Sequencing  167-168  Anusha Iyengar
10  Mon, Sep 20  DNA incorporation assays  261-262  Bradley Dromgoole
11  Mon, Sep 20  Model organism: Yeast (S. cerevisiae)  808-811  Travis Harris
12  Wed, Sep 22  Model organism: Mouse (Mus musculus)-1  825-827

 Brynne Hindle

13  Wed, Sep 22  Model organism: Mouse (Mus musculus)-2  827-830

 Kolos Nagy

14  Fri, Sep 24  RecQ Disorders  368  Kyra Rozanitis
15  Fri, Sep 24  Discovery of Transposons  408  Kyle Pekar


Mon, Sep 27  Model organism: Bacteria (E. coli)  802-808  Justin Patty
17 Wed, Sep 29  Proteins/Purification, Chromatography  173-176  Gabrielle Gard
18 Wed, Sep 29  DNA and RNA hybridization  151-153  Jasmine Sun
19 Fri, Oct 1  Proteins/ Electrophoresis/Sequencing  176-178  Lindsey Philips
20 Mon, Oct 4  Defects in pre-mRNA Splicing  497-498  Josephine Chiu
21 Wed, Oct 6  Proteomics and Mass Spec  179-181  Nicole Petchey
22 Fri, Oct 8  XER Recombinase  392  Cela Petras
23 Mon, Oct 18   

 Model organism: Arabidopsis

 811-816  Muaz Wahid
24 Wed, Oct 20  SELEX-DNA or RNA binding  189  Delaney Gaston
25 Fri, Oct 22 

 RNA mimetic of GFP

 115  Katie Neal
26  Wed, Oct 27  Ribosome profiling  561-562  Hassan El-Bardini
27  Fri, Oct 29  EMSA-Electrophoretic Mobility shift Assay  182-184  Daniel Latour
28  Mon, Nov 1  DNA footprinting  184-185  Anaiya DeShong-McGruder
29  Fri, Nov 5  Quorum sensing  635-636  Patrick Isaac
30  Mon, Nov 8  Model organism: Bacteriophage  635-636  Hannah Velasco
31 Mon, Nov 8   Yeast Two-Hybrid Assay  664  Andrew Wright
32 Wed, Nov 10  ChIP  185-187  Zuhair Almahayni
33 Wed, Nov 10  ChIP-Chip and ChIP-Seq  666-667  Will Saad
34  Fri, Nov 12  Histone Modifications and Leukemia  670  Jordan Cortez Wartell
35  Fri, Nov 12  Model organism: C. elegans  816-819  Rafay Wahid
36  Mon, Nov 15  Model organism: Drosophila-Part 1  816-819  Ben Pliske
37  Mon, Nov 15  Model organism: Drosophila-Part 2  819-822  Abigail White
38   Wed, Nov 17  Discovery of MicroRNA  722-723  Subash Swarna

Guidelines for the Short Presentation

The content of the presentation will be an description of a research technique, a model organism used in research, or a medical application of research. Presentations will be 4-5 minutes in length. Students will select a topic and date in the first week of the semester during a meeting with the instructor. Students should use computer presentations (e.g., PowerPoint, Keynote, pdf). Textbook figures (jpg files) will be provided, when available, to aid in the presentations. A copy of the presentation should be emailed to the instructor for approval at least 1 day in advance of the date given. If it is received early enough, feedback from the instructor is possible. Upload the final version to Canvas.

The first slide of the presentation should have a title and the student's name, followed by 2-3 additional slides with text and figures. Figures from the textbook will be provided to you. It might be beneficial to obtain additional figures or information from other sources. If so, it is necessary to provide proper acknowledgement. Initially, you will have two options for the presentation. It may be given remotely during synchronous classroom sessions, using Zoom. Alternatively, it may be given from the classroom using the DTEN screen, by connecting from a laptop computer. (Open Zoom on your computer, select "ShareScreen", and type in the code from the DTEN screen.) The presentations will be recorded along with the scheduled lecture by the instructor, and posted on Canvas. Or other options might be possible.

Tips for an effective presentation: Use a simple background. A complex background can make it difficult to read text and see images. Pay attention to contrast between text and background. Use the wide screen setting (16 x 9). Make images and text as large as possible (e.g. the smallest text should be at least 40 pt). Do not use too much text in your slides. Avoid the situation where you are reading the text for an extended time, while the audience is reading it with you. The text should provide the cues for what you intend to say, rather than every word. It is generally helpful to have a title on each slide that states the main point. For example: “DNA fragments can be separated by size using gel electrophoresis” In addition to an introduction to the topic, and a description of how the technique works, what it is used for, why the model organism is useful, etc., it is important to have a smooth conclusion. Practice your presentation with your study group members to get their comments. It will help you achieve the proper length of time.

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