Course Description:

This class will teach students how to read, interpret and analyze research articles. The class will follow an active learning format, where we will discuss seminal and recent research articles in depth: What was the scientific question or problem? What methods and strategies were used to address it? What were the findings and conclusions? What are the alternative interpretations and methods that could have been applied? What questions are remaining?

This class will expose students to a diverse selection of research literature, involving genetic and molecular analyses in model organisms such as mice, worms, flies and yeast. The class series will begin with a research article presented by the teacher. During the majority of the class series, students will be divided into groups of 4-5. Each group will be assigned one research article and be required to work together to a) interpret, b) analyze and c) present the article in the form of an oral presentation to the class. Students will be graded on their ability to perform each of these tasks and on active participation during presentations by other groups. All groups will also be required to complete and be graded on a written discussion summary assignment at the end of each article discussion. This summary assignment may take many forms, e.g., preparation of a graphical abstract, subway advert, or other creative forms of expression.

Prerequisite courses and restrictions: Students must have taken the following courses: 01:447:384-385 or 01:447:380

Credits: 3

Instructor: Devanshi Jain, PhD https://thejainlab.org