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Department: Biology

Pamela K. HansonPamela K. Hanson

Associate Professor of Biology

Office:

Stephens Science Center 234

Contact Information:

Birmingham-Southern College
Division of Science and Mathematics
Box 549022
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4881
Office Fax: (205) 226 3078
E-mail: phanson@bsc.edu

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Brief Career Background:

Dr. Hanson joined the faculty of Birmingham-Southern in 2001 after completing her Ph.D. at Emory University.

Educational Background:

B.S. Chemistry, Rhodes College, 1996;
Ph.D. Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, Emory University, 2001.

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Mechanisms of Drug Resistance
  • Intracellular Lipid Transport

Courses Taught:

BI 125 Cell and Molecular Biology (1)
An investigation of the fundamental properties of cells. Topics include cell structure and function, energetics and metabolism, gene structure and expression, and the techniques used to study these phenomena. Designed for students who plan to major in biology or one of the natural sciences and/or who are pre-health. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Fall, Spring.

BI 149 Cancer: Biology and Beyond (1)
A study of the development, progression, and treatment of cancer. The fundamentals of cell biology are learned by exploring the differences between normal and cancerous cells. In addition, the psychological and socioeconomic impacts of the disease are studied. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. This course may not be counted toward the biology major.

BI 215 Principles of Genetics (1)
A thorough introduction to the structure, function, and transmission of genetic material. Topics from classical and molecular genetics are covered. Three one-hour lectures per week. Prerequisites: BI 115 and 125. Fall, Spring.

BI 301 Molecular Genetics and Genomics (1)
An in-depth study of the molecular structure, function, recombination, and transmission of the genetic material. Techniques for acquiring and analyzing data at the genome-wide level will be addressed. Three lectures, one three-hour laboratory, and one DHAR laboratory per week. Prerequisites: BI 215, CH 120 or 149, and at least junior standing. Fall.

BI 402 Advanced Cell Biology (1)
A study of eukaryotic cells at the molecular level. Topics include protein biosynthesis, membrane structure and function, gene expression and regulation, cellular and subcellular structure, and the cell cycle. Three lectures, one three-hour laboratory, and one DHAR laboratory per week. Prerequisites: BI 125 and at least junior standing. BI 215 is strongly recommended. Spring.

HON 126 Cell and Molecular Biology (1)
An interdisciplinary investigation of the fundamental properties of cells. Topics include cell structure and function; energetics and metabolism; gene structure and expression; techniques used to study these phenomena; and the ethical, legal, and social implications of applying these techniques in medicine, agriculture and other fi elds. Designed for students who plan to major in biology or one of the natural sciences and/or who are pre-health. This course may substitute for BI 125 in majors and minors that require BI 125. Students may not earn credit for both BI 125 and HON 126. Two lectures and one threehour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: Harrison Honors Program or consent, BI 115, and CH 120 or CH 149. Spring.

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