1. Every big biological problem 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 can only be understood by looking at it from several angles.
The first goal of the biology track core course is to bridge different areas in biology and to understand how fundamental biological problems and phenomena can be approached from vastly different angles. The second goal is to develop critical thinking, presentation skills, grant writing experience and community building.
Each 5-week module focuses on a specific problem or question. We first discuss the general problem along with an overview of the available angles (this is the introductory lecture and Harald's Thursday lectures). The remainder of the module is spent learning about the different angles using recent literature and specific questions (these are the student presentations on Tuesdays). Skills emphasized include critical reading of literature, formulating questions and hypotheses, presentation, and grant writing.
Topics for 2016/17