Human Genetics: discuss topics related to the study of human evolution, from the emergence of the genus Homo to the current populations. Discuss aspects related to the study of the biological past through the fossils and archaeological discoveries; analyze evidence obtained through the genetic study of current populations.
Population Genetics: study the basic principles of Population Genetics, in order to understand the evolutionary processes and the problems related to the conservation and handling of wildlife. Attach greater relevance to the mechanisms of origin and maintenance of genetic variability, selection, endogamy, effects of population size and gene flow.
Repetitive DNAs: organization, function and evolution: Repetitive DNAs represent more than 50% of many organisms' genome. Alterations in the abundance and chromosomal distribution of these elements occur rapidly and frequently throughout evolution, causing drastic in the genome. Aspects of structure, organization and evolution of the major classes of repetitive DNAs present in the genome are addressed, as well as the consequences of their presence and variation for the evolution of the species.
Molecular Basis of Gene Expression: deals with the classical articles, which formed the basis of current knowledge relating to the biological processes of replication, transcription, and translation. The control of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes will also be addressed.
Chromosomes and Evolution: Chromosomal rearrangements; Evolution of Sexual Chromosomes; Chromosomal Evolution in Groups of Vertebrates; Techniques for the Study of Karyotypic Evolution.
Mice as experimental models: Introduction to the Science of Laboratory Animals: legislation and ethics in animal testing; the 3 Rs and the use of alternative methods. The mouse as experimental model: biology, breeding, containment and handling, genetic manipulation. The breeding and experimentation bioterium. Principal techniques employed in handling, containment, and manipulation in order to minimize discomfort for the mouse and prevent trauma and undesired variations in test results.
GENETICS SEMINARS A, B and C: Presentation and discussion of relevant themes in Genetics and Evolution, given by students, faculty members and guest lecturers.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE 1, 2, 3 and 4
Genetics of Conservation: Analyze basic concepts and methods related to the assessment of genetic diversity. Discuss the objectives and importance of conserving genetic resources. Relate the genetic and reproductive characteristics of the species of interest for conservation with the methods for sampling and maintenance of collections of germplasm. Comparatively analyze conservation strategies in natural areas and in germplasm banks. Discuss methods of phylogenetic and phylogeographic analysis applied to the genetics of conserving wild species. Present case studies in the application of genetics in conservation practices, with emphasis on the Neotropics.
Introduction to signaling pathways: systemically address the mechanisms of basic signaling protein kinases, phosphatases, transduction of signal in mammalian cells. Students will actively participate in the preparation of the course and will be evaluated by the effort made and their participation in tasks suggested.
Signaling by pathogens: Systemic approach of the immune system's evasion mechanisms by pathogens and signaling pathways associated with these mechanisms.
Statistical modeling: Statistical modeling using simple and generalized linear models: Bernoulli (logistic), Poisson, and negative binomial.
Multivariate Statistics: Analysis of principal components. Factor analysis. Cluster analysis: hierarchical and nonhierarchical methods. Multidimensional scaling.
Science, Culture and Art: Scientific dissemination and its relation with culture and art. Public communication of science and its relation to research and education. Textual production for radio with interface in other media. Dissemination of radio as an aid in educational processes.
Genetics of Physical Activity and Sports: Basic concepts of genetics and molecular biology. Presentation and discussion of studies on the genetics of physical activity and sports.