An introduction to genetics (short course)

7.00pm to 8.30pm every Thursday, Thursday 21 June

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  • Type

    Short course
  • Speakers

    • Dr Lawrence Bellamy

Price

Standard £225
Members £190

This covers all six sessions.

Event description

Genetics is a field currently undergoing a revolution. The human genome was first sequenced in 2001 at a cost of approximately $100 million; today it costs a little over $1,000. There is little doubt we live in a time where sequencing your own genome is a real possibility, but exactly what this means is a difficult question to answer.

In this short course, Dr Lawrence Bellamy from University College London will give an overview of the fundamentals of genetics. The course will begin with the discovery of the laws of inheritance by Gregor Mendel in the 1860s and look at how our understanding of Genetics has since developed. We will conclude by asking more complex questions such as the role of genetics on behaviour and evolution. 

The course will run for six, 90-minute sessions, every Thursday from 21 June to 26 July.

The course costs £225 (£190 Ri Members) for six sessions, including all course materials and refreshments. The course is for interest only, with no qualification, examination, or certificate of attendance at its conclusion.

About the speaker

Lawrence Bellamy is a Biosciences Teaching Fellow in the UCL Division of Biosciences. He has been an undergraduate and postgraduate student in the department and in 2012 began his current role as a Biosciences Teaching Fellow.

Lawrence currently runs and teaches a number of modules in the Biosciences Department, at undergraduate and postgraduate level. This includes BIOL1005: Introduction to Genetics, a large module taken by over 430 students from many different departments.

Like any good teacher in higher education, Lawrence is interested in the most effective methods of teaching students. His particular interest is in the context of assessment and feedback in very large classes with students from different backgrounds and academic levels. He is also interested in connecting students to the research carried out by his department right from the start of their undergraduate careers. 

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