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CSUN offers many laboratory-based courses in Genetics and Development, along with a variety of Lecture courses designed to prepare students for working in industry, biotech, and for graduate work. Students can focus their Bachelor degree in Genetics and Development through the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biology degree or through the specialty Bachelor of Science (B.S.) science degrees in either the Cell and Molecular Biology B.S. or the Biotechnology B.S. degree. Undergraduate students participating in the Independent Study 499 course and the Directed Research 495 course often present their research at scientific conferences as shown in the above photo of student and faculty collaborative work presented at the 2006 CSUPERB biotechnology conference. Students can focus their Master of Science degree in Biology (M.S.) in genetics and/or development by choosing from a wide variety of lecture/lab courses, seminar courses, and thesis research. M.S. students often present their thesis work at national and international conferences and publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals. Both Bachelor and Master degree students frequently go on to pursue Master Degree programs and PhD programs, respectively.
Faculty within the Genetics and Developmental Biology Area conduct a broad spectrum of research activities funded by NIH, NSF and other agencies. We foster a collaborative and cooperative research environment, providing excellent research experience for our students. Dr. Steven B. Oppenheimer studies cell surface and adhesion in cancer and development. Dr. Aida B. Metzenberg is studying genes mapped to chromosome Xq28 that are implicated in a spectrum of genetic disorders including mental retardation, neuromuscular disorders, and cancer. Dr. Virginia Oberholzer Vandergon uses bioinformatics and molecular techniques to look at evolutionary processes involved in genome change. Dr. Rheem D. Medh is evaluating the function of key genes known to be regulated in various models of apoptosis. Dr. Cindy S. Malone focuses on negative regulation of gene expression in the immune system.