This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled Bioinformatics Education Dissemination: Reaching Out, Connecting, and Knitting-together at Grand Valley State University in July 2005. The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium is committed to the reform of undergraduate biology instruction through an emphasis on engaging students in realistic scientific practices. This approach is sometimes characterized as an inquiry driven approach and is captured in BioQUEST's three P's (problem-posing, problem-solving, and peer-persuasion). As part of this workshop groups of faculty were encouraged to initiate innovative curricular projects. We are sharing these works in progress in the hope that they will stimulate further exploration, collaboration and development. Please see the following links for additional information:

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Exploring Phylogeny in the Introductory Microbiology Lab
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Mohammed Abbas
Schoolcraft College

Kuo-Di Jian
Metropolitan State University

Shaily Menon
Grand Valley State University

Randy Strobel
Metropolitan State University


Possible Audiences:

Undergraduate introductory microbiology courses  


Brief Overview:

A universal introductory lab in Microbiology involves identification of unknown microbes by students. Here, we enhance this activity by incorporating bioinformatics and phylogenetic analysis.The advantages are that it adds an evolutionary component to an otherwise descriptive and physiological exercise and students can compare a qualitative taxonomy technique with a more phylogenetic technique.  


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- Exploring_Phylogeny_Microbiology_Lab.ppt