The Program in Interdisciplinary Biological and Biomedical Sciences at UNM is a cross-departmental, college and institutional collaboration of students and faculty interested in interdisciplinary biological research

Topics in Interdisciplinary Biology and Biological Science (TiBBs)

Fall 2013 PiBBs Suite-Castetter 1424 (Weeks 1 to 5 Meet in Castetter 51), Mondays, 3-5:30pm  Syllabus

This course presents and discusses recent work in biological science that bridges scientific disciplines, integrates different approaches, and demonstrates the effectiveness of collaborative research. This year, the unit will be taught by individuals from biology, computer science and information technology.


UNIT 1: Introduction to Molecular Computing and Nanotechnology
Dr. Darko Stefanovic
August 19 to September 16
Students will attend the first 4 weeks of Dr. Stefanovic's semester-long Introduction to Molecular Computing and Nanotechnology course (CS591).

This seminar examines recent developments in molecular computing and other related DNA nanotechnology. Following an introductory sequence of lectures, students will read, present and discuss current research papers.


UNIT 2: Topics in Bioinformatics
Multiple Instructors
September 23 to October 14
Students and professors can feel overwhelmed with the amount of data that is being generated, and struggle with how to deal with it. This unit focuses on the ethics of good data keeping, what file formats and tools are available, and will encourage students to generate an example data-plan document. Students will select a specific research project (their own research, or an existing research case they select) and develop a Data Management Plan(DMP) for the project. The DMP will include a Federal agency compliant document, that would be suitable for submission with a grant application; students will then write detailed specifications for the plan that describe how data will be handled and managed at each stage of the research lifecycle. The final specification would be sufficiently complete to use as a training aid for colleagues and graduate assistants who are just starting on the project.


UNIT 3: DDT is Good for Me - How Monsanto Became a "Life Science" Company
Dr. Sean T. Hammond, Dr. John Hammond
October 21 to December 2
In this module, we'll use primary literature (book chapters, scientific papers, etc.) to examine how a chemical company best known for manufacturing Agent Orange and DDT remade itself into a "Life Science" company. The goal is to better understand the cultural, economic and technological drivers that made this transition possible. Along the way we'll look at why certain crops are modified.