Mark Silby, PhD

Associate Professor

Biology

508-999-8364

mark.silby@umassd.edu

Science & Engineering 335

Education

2002University of Canterbury, New ZealandPhD

Teaching

  • BIO 321 General Microbiology
  • BIO 408 Microbial Genetics

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

The nature and diversity of microorganisms. Special emphasis is placed on bacterial cytology, nutrition, physiology, and growth. Topics on the significance of microorganisms in the environment and the evolutionary relationships of microorganisms are included.

The nature and diversity of microorganisms. Special emphasis is placed on bacterial cytology, nutrition, physiology, and growth. Topics on the significance of microorganisms in the environment and the evolutionary relationships of microorganisms are included.

Molecular genetics of bacteria and their viruses. From lecture and literature review, students learn about molecular techniques and how these are used to address fundamental questions about the lives of bacteria. Literature will cover topics including biotechnology, infectious disease, and evolution. The literature topics will underscore major conceptual emphases on the regulation of bacterial gene expression, and horizontal gene transfer.

Students with senior standing (or others with consent of the instructor) report on and discuss current biological problems as presented in principle journals, abstracts and reviews. The work of each seminar is usually built upon a single unifying content area.

In-depth study of a specific area in biology, leading to independent research addressing a biological question. Research results will be presented in a professional-style poster at a research symposium. Attendance at biology department seminars is also required.

Molecular genetics of bacteria and their viruses. From lecture and literature review, students learn about molecular techniques and how these are used to address fundamental questions about the lives of bacteria. Literature will cover topics including biotechnology, infectious disease, and evolution. The literature topics will underscore major conceptual emphases on the regulation of bacterial gene expression, and horizontal gene transfer.

Each student will present a seminar related to the current semester's theme and based on several contemporary publications. Students are responsible for preparing a comprehensive bibliography, an abstract, and evaluations of peers' seminars. (One semester required; maximum two credits towards MS degree.)

Introduction to study in the disciplines of the College of Arts and Sciences. This course is designed to increase student success at college. The overall goal of the course is to facilitate a smooth transition to college life by engaging students in a structured curriculum of academic and life skills enhancement while, at the same time, encouraging the development of enduring relationships between students, faculty and advisors, and classmates. To accomplish this goal, the content of the class includes: locating and utilizing campus resources, the importance of co-curricular activity on campus, goal setting and time management skills, writing skills, test preparation and taking skills, critical and creative thinking skills, and career and major/minor exploration.

Research

Research Interests

  • Microbial Communities
  • Bacterial Interactions
  • Cocoa fermentation
  • Bacterial Genomes

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