1. Every big biological problem/question has a structural, mechanical, evolutionary, genetic and population side to it (these intrinsic aspects (not research fields) are called “angles” in this course).
2. A biological problem/question can only be understood by looking at it from several angles.
The goal of the biology track core course is to bridge different areas in biology and to show students how fundamental biological problems and phenomena can be approached from vastly different angles.
Each 3-week module is co-taught by 2-3 faculty from different areas in biology and focuses on a specific problem or question (called the "topic" below). Students are first introduced to the problem and given an overview of some of the different methods and approaches available to tackle this topic. The remainder of the 3-week module is spent learning about each of the different approaches and the key conceptual advances to the topic using key literature. Skills emphasized include: understanding main conceptual advances, critical reading of literature, formulating questions and hypotheses, and experimental design, as well as written and oral communication.