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Professor Wing teaches three classes at UNLV. In 2009, she was awarded the UNLV CSUN Faculty of Excellence Award by the students in the College of Sciences.



BIOL 351: Microbiology

Microbiology is part of the core curriculum for Biology majors at UNLV and should be taken by sophomore and junior students. Those with strong backgrounds in biology and chemistry who are interested in microbiology, cell, and molecular biology may also enroll in this class as long as the prerequisite have been met. This course is divided into three parts.

Dr Wing stands on a sandstone fin in Arches Natl Park.



Helen J. Wing, Ph.D.

School of Life Sciences,

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

4505 S. Maryland Parkway

Las Vegas, NV 89154-4004

Office: Rm 314A

Phone: (702) 895 5382

Fax: (702) 895 3956

Email: helen.wing@unlv.edu





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The first part provides in-depth coverage of microbiology including: history of microbiology, microbiological methods, prokaryotic cell structure and function, and prokaryotic genetics. The second part of the course goes into the details of microbial diversity including: taxonomy and phylogeny of Bacteria, Archaea, and viruses; biochemical pathways that are unique to Bacteria and microorganisms` roles in biogeochemical cycles.

The third part of the course focuses on human/microbe interactions including virology, human-microbe interactions, immunology, and the molecular and cellular basis of pathogenesis.

Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

4 credits; credit not allowed in both BIOL 251 and 351.

Prerequisites: BIOL 189, BIOL 196, BIOL 197, CHEM 121.



BIOL 464/664: Bacterial Pathogenesis

Bacterial Pathogenesis is a course for upper division and graduate students. It addresses the molecular mechanisms by which bacterial pathogens cause disease. Bacterial infections will be considered as molecular interactions between hosts and their infecting microbes. We will consider some of the basic principles of bacterial pathogenesis before conducting a survey of the pathogens and their specific virulence factors. The course also covers aspects of bacterial genetics and physiology, immune responses to infection, and the cell biology of host-parasite interactions. As a result of taking this course students should:

Understand the importance natural flora plays in defending our body against bacterial pathogens

Understand the basics of innate and adaptive immune responses

Appreciate which bacterial structures are commonly seen associated with bacterial pathogens and how these function in disease

Understand the bacterial mechanisms commonly used to avoid the immune system

Understand the different environments of the human body and how pathogens

exploit these environments to colonize and cause disease

Credits: 3 credits for graduate and undergraduates

Prerequisites: BIOL 351



BIOL 493/796: Current topics in Microbiology (seminar)

This is a seminar course for graduate students who are interested in Microbiology. Students will obtain a broad view of the scope of research in the field of microbiology. This includes research in applied and basic themes through the use of classic and molecular techniques. Students will learn how to critically read scientific papers and improve their data interpretation skills. The background required for this course includes courses in general biology, biochemistry, general microbiology and genetics. In addition to the required background, undergraduate students taking this course need consent by the instructor.

Credits: 1 credit undergraduates; 2 credits graduates.

Prerequisites: BIOL 351, or equivalent as an undergraduate


Undergraduate Research (BIOL492) can also be taken with Dr. Wing, but only with consent (subject to availability). Students will research some aspect of Microbiology that relates to Professor Wing`s research program. May be repeated to a maximum of eight credits.

Credits: 1-3 credit

Prerequisites: 2 years biological sciences and consent of the instructor.




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