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Graduate courses in comparative physiology

The following courses are offered by members of the comparative physiology group.  For additional information on graduate courses, please see course lists on the websites of the Department of Biology and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral studies (click on the "Courses" tab).
 
Fall term
BIO 8361 (BIOL 6304)
 ADVANCED ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY
Recent advances in animal physiology, emphasizing comparative, evolutionary and environmental approaches.
 
This team-taught course typically is offered in the fall term every second year.  It is likely to be offered in the fall 2017 term with a theme focusing on experimental methods in comparative physiology; please contact Dr. Katie Gilmour for more information.
  

 
BIO 8162 (BIOL 5402) ADVANCED ENDOCRINOLOGY
Major topics in comparative endocrinology: understanding the structure, function and evolution of vertebrate endocrine systems, including endocrine disruption

 
This course is offered yearly in the fall term by Dr. Vance Trudeau, coupled to BIO 4127 Comparative Endocrinology.
 
 
Winter term
BIO 8102C (BIOL 5502K) SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY II: ADVANCED CELL PHYSIOLOGY
 
This course focuses on a few major areas in the field of Cell Physiology as they pertain to cellular homeostasis.  These may include intracellular regulation of pH, Ca2+ homeostasis and signalling, other second messenger systems, ion channels, action potentials, and oxygen regulation. The course will aim to provide students with a working knowledge of some important aspects of the field of Cell Physiology through discussion of the current literature.  Weekly class meetings will be in the form of either discussion of a research article or a seminar given by each student.

This course is offered yearly in the winter term by Dr. Michael Jonz.  It will be offered in the winter 2018 term in conjunction with BIO 4175 Membrane physiology.
 
 

BIO 8102/BIO 8502 (BIOL 5502) SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY II: ENERGY MANAGEMENT IN ANIMALS

How animals and humans manage their energy reserves and select an appropriate mix of metabolic fuels to cope with exercise, cold exposure, prolonged fasting and environmental hypoxia. Champions of long-distance migration and metabolic suppression are used as models to illustrate fundamental physiological principles.

This course is offered yearly in the winter term by Dr. Jean-Michel Weber, coupled to BIO 4152 Animal Energetics/ BIO 4552 Métabolisme énérgetique des animaux.  The language of instruction follows that of the undergraduate course, which alternates between English and French; for the winter 2018 term, this course will be offered in French.
 
 

BIO 8303 (BIOL 5203) TECHNIQUES OF LIGHT MICROSCOPY
Advanced laboratory and lecture course on the principles and techniques of light microscopy.

This course will be offered in the winter 2018 term by Dr. Tuan Bui.
 
 
Spring/summer terms
 

BIO 8102L SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY II: METABOLIC PHENOTYPING IN ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY

Course description: Metabolic properties of animals are central to the investigation of comparative and evolutionary physiology. Metabolic phenotypes can be investigated at the whole-animal, cellular or subcellular level. This course will provide students with the physiological basis of metabolic physiology, current applications of metabolic phenotyping in comparative and evolutionary physiology, and laboratory approaches for such investigation. 
 
Course structure: This course will be taught in a condensed format using three modules covering different levels of organization. The first module will focus on whole-animal metabolic rate measurements, the second on cellular and mitochondrial metabolic measurements, and the third and last module will focus on metabolic pathway characterization. All modules will include lectures, analysis of primary literature and a demonstration of laboratory measurements. 
 
Student evaluation: Students will be evaluated based on an oral presentation (20%), a short assignment based on the format of the Outside JEB section of the Journal of Experimental Biology (20%), participation (10%), and one term paper reviewing metabolic phenotyping in the student’s research area (30%) and accompanying presentation (20%).

This course will be offered in the early summer (May/June) by Dr. Charles Darveau.   
 
 
BIO 8102C SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY II: CURRENT ADVANCES IN ENDOCRINE DISRUPTION RESEARCH
This course will cover the latest advances in endocrine disruption research.  This will be a discussion and seminar-based activity for graduate students undertaking research in endocrinology, physiology, toxicology and related fields. Participants should have some basic prior knowledge on vertebrate endocrine systems.  Topics to be covered include but are not limited to basic concepts in endocrine disruption, neuroendocrine disruption, mechanisms of hormone action, epigenetics. We will explore the link between endocrine disruptors and effects (e.g., stress, reproduction, obesity, disease) in wildlife and humans.

Workplan:
Weekly discussion of assigned research papers (3 hr).
Major presentation of one 30-minute lecture per student.
One concise and highly topical review paper due at the end of the course.

This course will be offered 17/07/2017 to 28/08/2017 by Dr. Vance Trudeau.

 
Other courses that may be of interest
CMM8300 SPECIAL TOPICS IN REPRODUCTIVE AND DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
 
In-depth study of current topics in reproductive and developmental biology, with emphasis on state-of-the art molecular and cell biology techniques as well as their applications to reproductive diseases. Topics may include assisted reproductive technologies, embryonic stem cells, contraception, endocrine disruptors, reproductive toxicology, and transgenics.