Mark BernardsWestern Science



Biology 3660B Advanced Plant Physiology

This course is co-taught with Prof. Norm Hüner, and explores primary and secondary metabiolism in plants. Prof. Hüner covers the basics of primary metabolism, including photosynthesis and carbon and nitrogen assimilation. Prof. Bernards covers enzyme function and regulation, pathway organization and regulation, secondary metabolism and the role of phytochemicals in the interaction between plants and their environment. Biology 3660B is a companion course to Biology 3603A Ecophysiology of Plants.


Biology 9600B Physiology & Biochemistry I

This course is co-taught with  Prof. Sheila Macfie, and is been divided into two 6-week sections. The first will be held in the classroom; the second will be a combination of lecture and, where feasible, hands-on activity.

Section 1. Experimental Design and Data Analysis (Macfie).

Topics covered include experimental design, QAQC, choosing appropriate statistics, some simple statistical analyses and data presentation. Student grades will be based on two short written assignments, one in-class quiz and in-class participation.

Section 2. Analysis of Bio Molecules (Bernards).

Topics include theory and applications of tools and instruments used to quantitatively measure small molecules, such as spectroscopy (UV, visible light, fluorescence), chromatography, mass spectrometry and, as time permits, other techniques applied to the analysis of small molecules. Students are marked on written assignments, including a small lab project.