Fall 2020 - MBB 669 G100
Special Topics in Genomics (3)
Class Number: 6303
Delivery Method: In Person
Consideration of recent research literature on contemporary topics in genomics.
An examination of the genomic changes that accrue during the formation and treatment of human cancer.
The course will examine the role that genetic mutations play in the development of human cancer and tumour formation. We will study the spectrum of different types of genetic alterations that accrue and their distribution across different cancer types. We will study the technologies that allow these changes to be detected and how they are interpreted clinically. The course will explore how different mutations can be correlated with specific therapeutics and how further genetic mutations can lead to treatment resistance.
- Cancer sequencing
- Tumour heterogeneity
- DNA repair
- Hereditary cancer
- Treatment resistance
- Neo-antigens and immunotherapy
- Cancer epigenomics
- Gene expression and alternative splicing in cancer
- Personalized oncogenomics
- Mutational signatures
- In-class presentation 30%
- Writing assignment 50%
- Class participation 20%
- Lecture: synchronous (students are expected to attend scheduled lectures remotely)
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
- Access to high-speed internet
- Computer (with webcam)
The Biology of Cancer, 2nd Ed, Robert A. Weinberg, 2014, Garland Publishing (for background reading).
Graduate Studies Notes:
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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2020
Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-3112).