MCB 3421 - Fall 2016

Introduction to Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics

   Instructor: J. Peter Gogarten (OFFICE: BP room 404,

   Teaching Assistant: Tim Harlow

   The class meets
        MW 11.15AM - 12.05AM    AND     Fridays 10.10.AM-11.40AM or 1.25PM-2.55PM
        Monday's and Wednesday's classes meet in Gentry 140
        Friday's classes will meet in the computer lab located in the Whetton Graduate Center (Room 300A).

(for directions see here, search for WGC or GENT)    

   Reading materials will be posted on huskyCT -- if you cannot get access, send your netID to

   There also will be a discussion board on huskyCT. Contributions on the discussion board will count towards your participation grade.


Possibilities to boost your grade:
  Email questions (multiple choice preferred) that could be used for the quizzes or exams! (counts towards participation).

Optional Essay Assignment (can take the place of one take-home exam).

Take Home Exams: #1 (doc/pdf/ans), #2(doc/pdf/ans), #3(doc/pdf/ans), #4 (doc/pdf/ans), #5(doc/pdf/ans), #6 (doc/pdf/ans). #7(doc/pdf/ans), #8(doc/pdf/ans)

Additional Questions for midterm (doc/pdf/ans)

Additional Questions to prepare for the FINAL

Midterm: Wednesday October 12th
Wednesday Dec. 14, 6pm in GENT 140
       11/23-11/27 Thanksgiving break
       Friday,  Dec. 11 last Day of classes
  (Please let me know ahead of time, if you have a conflict for this time. See syllabus for exam policy.)

   Red: meets in the Computer Lab in the Whetten Graduate Center (300A)
   Blue: meets in Room Gentry 140

Collection of goals after midterm

Topics - If you have suggestion for additional topics, please let me know,

Syllabus <- (see for grade calculation, exam policy, and penalties for academic misconduct)

Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:
* Providing or receiving assistance on academic work (papers, projects, examinations) in a way that was not authorized by the instructor
* Any attempt to improperly influence (bribery, threats) any member of the faculty, staff, or administration of the University in any matter relating to academics or research
* Plagiarism
* Doing academic work for another student
* Presenting the same or substantially the same papers or projects in two or more courses without the explicit permission of the instructors
* Situations where one student knowingly assists another student in committing an act of academic misconduct, and any student doing so will be held equally accountable for the violation

For more information see the Community Standards at

Last year's course web page

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