Genetics - Msc Study (English Track)
A two-year interdisciplinary program for research in genetics, genomics, molecular and systems biology.
About the Program:
We live in the post-genomic era: technological advances have allowed the sequencing of a large number of genomes, including that of humans. Genetics and Genomics stand today as the most central disciplines in biological research. Genetic research encompasses all aspects of life, and provides insights on the function of cells and organisms, their interactions, and the consequence of their malfunction, from cancer to neurodegenerative diseases. Genetic tools, combined with molecular biology technics, stand today also at the center of the biotechnological research. Modern pharma and high-tech biotechnological industries are based on the novel information and tools provided by the genetic and genomic disciplines.
The program provides advanced education in molecular and genetic research. Students are exposed to the latest technologies, and carry out research in the forefront of biology. The experience gained by attending this program will be useful for those pursuing an academic career, as well as to those interested in joining the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.
The Program in Genetics is interdisciplinary and open to Biology students from all the departments of the Life Sciences Faculty. Students carrying out research in subjects related to genetics (in the widest possible terms: molecular, quantitative and systems biology, evolutionary studies, developmental and cancer biology, etc.) in any lab of the Life Sciences Faculty can join the program.
For people coming from Biology and related studies: basic Genetics, basic Molecular Biology, basic Microbiology. At least one laboratory (Genetics, Micro, Biochemistry). In addition:
ONE of the following two courses: 0455.3360 Genetic engineering (3 hs) OR 0455.3682 Genetics of Microorganisms (4 hs).
Required faculty courses - 10 s/h
Safety in the Laboratory course (during the first year of studies) – no credit
Guided reading and discussion in research groups – 2 s/h
Departmental seminar for MSc students – each student will participate in the seminar given by the Department in which he performs his research – 2 s/h each year
One of the courses:
Biostatistics – 4 s/h
Statistical principles in experimental biology – 4 s/h
Obligatory Program Courses (given in English):
- 0453.3394 From the DNA to the Population (3 hs):
Each year 4 subjects are chosen, and the state-of-the-art is taught and discussed
- 0453.3397 Current Topics in Genetics, Semester A (2 hs)
- 0453.4397 Current Topics in Genetics, Semester B (2 hs)
In this year-long course, we read new papers on subjects related to genetics, genomics and molecular biology.
Students have to complete courses to a total of 30 hs.
In addition they should summarize their research in an MSc thesis, presented at the end of the second year.
For more information:
Prof. Judith Berman, head of the Program:
Britannia Building Room 418