DNA fingerprinting is a common technique to characterize genetic variation in individuals and species. Explore the role of DNA fingerprinting in everything from forensics to conservation to personalized genomics, as well as ethical considerations of DNA information. Examples from the field will include crime scenes and illegal sushi. Discover how this technique is revolutionizing the emerging field of genomics.The class will also include a lab-based exercise to extract DNA from strawberries.
Instructor: Sean Rogers, PhD
Dr. Sean Rogers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He is recognized internationally for his highly influential contributions to environmental genomics, an emerging field that seeks to predict and discover how organisms respond, at the genetic level, to changes in their external environment. He has published numerous research papers, most of which have appeared in prestigious internationally recognized scientific journals. He currently teaches first year biology (DNA to Diversity), Evolution, Molecular Ecology, and a field course in marine fishes at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.
Dr. Rogers seeks solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing Canadians, including invasive species, biodiversity decline, fisheries and aquacultural productivity and sustainability, and rapid evolution in response to climate change. Dr. Rogers's impact extends beyond his success as a researcher and teacher. He takes pride in being an active member of the University of Calgary and City of Calgary communities.