Laboratory experience is essential for the developing scientist. Dr. Lynn’s program aims to better integrate the graduate/undergraduate experience and fertilize research opportunities. A freshman seminar, Origins of ORDER (On Recent Discoveries by Emory Researchers), cotaught by professors, graduate students, and postgraduate students in biology, chemistry, physics, and math and computer science, will provide an interdisciplinary introduction to science through the eyes of advanced students. Initially, a small, advanced group of students selected from the first year’s class will be enrolled, but successful elements of the concept will nucleate a broader base.
A second-year, two-semester course, Biochemical Genomics, will expand on the themes introduced in Origins of ORDER, again taking advantage of the advanced student perspective. The first semester will focus on biological diversity at the molecular level, and the second semester will incorporate new information from the complete genomic sequences of a variety of evolutionarily divergent organisms. Finally, in an advanced prototype course, Supramolecular Self-Assemblies, magnetic resonance, image analysis, and computational methods will be explained and demonstrated and their uses discussed via the analysis of current literature. ORDER will be integrated across multiple levels of the educational experience.
Dr. Lynn's research focuses on areas of supramolecular chemistry, chemical biology, and molecular evolution. In his studies, he has uncovered and defined sophisticated chemical signaling strategies that evolved between host and parasite. An understanding of these strategies has allowed his lab to develop novel methods of reading the information encoded in DNA into different polymers and resolved aspects of the structure of the amyloid fibril associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Last updated October 2002