Biology
Faculty Visitor Position in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018)
Wesleyan University

The Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department and the Biology Department invite

applications for a faculty visitor to teach 2 - 4 sections of MB&B 181 - Principles of Biology I:

Cell Biology and Molecular Basis of Heredity in Fall 2017, as well as MB&B 228 - Introductory

Medical Biochemistry and a science education course for non-science majors (e.g., related to

human health) in Spring 2018. The course descriptions for MB&B 181 and MB&B 228 are as

follows:

MB&B 181: This course presents an exploration of the contemporary view of the cell and an

introduction to the molecules and mechanisms of genetics and gene function. The course will

have two major themes. First, we will focus on the central dogma of molecular biology,

describing the process of information transfer from genetic code in DNA through protein

synthesis and function. Topics include DNA replication and repair, chromosome dynamics, RNA

transcription, protein translation, gene regulation, and genomics. Second, we will focus on cell

theory and the underlying molecular mechanisms of cellular activity, including cell signaling,

energetics, cell motility, and cell cycling. Lectures (Mondays, Wednesdays) will stress the

experimental basis of conclusions presented and highlight important details and major themes.

The course will also emphasize problem-solving approaches in cell and molecular biology

(Fridays).

MB&B 228: This introductory course will focus on the essential concepts of biochemistry

important to students interested in the health professions, including the chemical and biological

foundations of cellular metabolism and related disease states. Major topics will include the

structure and function of biological molecules in the human body (proteins, carbohydrates, fats,

nucleic acids, vitamins), enzyme catalysis, cellular signaling, as well as digestion, absorption,

and processing of nutrients for energy and growth.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in the relevant discipline, and preference will be given to

applicants with postdoctoral and/or prior teaching experience. Applications, including a

curriculum vita, statement of teaching interests, and three letters of reference, should be sent to:

Faculty Search, The Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Wesleyan University,

Middletown, CT 06459-0175 (email: adane@wesleyan.edu).

Wesleyan is proud of its record of commitment to diversity, and encourages applications from

women and persons of color. Wesleyan University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

Employer.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Biology has never been more exciting or more important. Virtually every day brings news of major advances in understanding in all fields of biology, from evolutionary ecology and conservation biology, to genetics, development, cell biology, and neuroscience. The Biology Department at Wesleyan is fully committed to and engaged in active research and learning.