Tufts to Offer Evening Course for Biotechnology Professionals

Tufts University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is now offering a course through the Department of Biology for the spring 2019 semester that is specifically designed for working professionals in the area of biotechnology. The course, Bio 196: Advanced Genetics and Genome Editing, is offered in the evenings for part-time study to accommodate the schedules of working professionals in the greater Boston area. Classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-7:15 p.m. on Tufts’ Medford campus.

The course will teach current state-of-the-art knowledge of DNA repair pathways that the cell uses to maintain a stable genome, including double-strand break repair, gap repair, repair and replication through DNA structures and chromatin, and consequences of inappropriate repair for cell health and cancer initiation. It will also cover current genome editing technologies including CRISPR-Cas9, Adenovirus-mediated gene delivery for gene therapy, and RNAi. The course will have both a lecture component and a discussion/presentation component, which emphasizes reading original journal articles and the techniques used to make discoveries.

Advanced Genetics and Genome Editing can be taken as a stand-alone class or as part of the Master of Science in Open-Choice Biology. The master’s program is designed for students wishing to upgrade their expertise in the biology professions, explore or expand their interest in research, or broaden their base for making future career choices in the biological sciences. It can be completed on a full-time or part-time schedule.

For questions about Advanced Genetics and Genome Editing or other offerings, contact Deirdre McCann, Biology Graduate Program Coordinator, at Deirdre.Mccann@tufts.edu. Learn more about registering for the course through the Graduate Career Advancement Program.