Samuel C. Zeeman: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2018
|Prof. Dr. Samuel C. Zeeman
Professur für Pflanzenbiochemie
ETH Zürich, LFW E 53.1
|+41 44 632 82 75
|Plant Biology Colloquium (Autumn Semester)
Only compulsory for Master students who started their Master in Autumn Semester 2017 or later.
This compulsory course is required only once. It may be taken in autumn as course 551-0120-00 "Plant Biology Colloquium (Autumn Semester)" or in spring as course 551-0120-01 "Plant Biology Colloquium (Spring Semester)".
|C. Sánchez-Rodríguez, W. Gruissem, A. Rodriguez-Villalon, O. Voinnet, S. C. Zeeman
|Current topics in Molecular Plant Biology presented by internal and external speakers from accademia.
|Getting insight into actual areas and challenges of Molecular Plant Biology.
|Challenges in Plant Sciences
Number of participants limited to 40.
|S. C. Zeeman, M. Paschke, further lecturers
|The colloquium introduces students to the disciplines in plant sciences and provides integrated knowledge from the molecular level to ecosystems and from basic research to applications, making use of the synergies between the different research groups of the PSC. The colloquium offers a unique chance to approach interdisciplinary topics as a challenge in the field of plant sciences.
|Major objectives of the colloquium are:
introduction of graduate students and Master students to the broad field of plant sciences
promotion of an interdisciplinary and integrative teaching program
promotion of active participation and independent work of students
promotion of presentation and discussion skills
increased interaction among students and professors
|Challenges in Plant Sciences will cover the following topics:
Chemical communication among plants, insect and pathogens.
Specificity in hormone signaling.
Resilience of tropical ecosystems.
Regulatory factors controlling cell wall formation.
Disease resistance genes.
|Molecular Life of Plants
|S. C. Zeeman, W. Gruissem, A. Rodriguez-Villalon, C. Sánchez-Rodríguez, O. Voinnet
|The advanced course introduces students to plants through a concept-based discussion of developmental processes that integrates physiology and biochemistry with genetics, molecular biology, and cell biology. The course follows the life of the plant, starting with the seed, progressing through germination to the seedling and mature plant, and ending with reproduction and senescence.
|The new course "Molecular Life of Plants" reflects the rapid advcances that are occurring in the field of experimental plant biology as well as the changing interests of students being trained in this discipline. Contemporary plant biology courses emphasize a traditional approach to experimental plant biology by discussing discrete topics that are removed from the context of the plant life cycle. The course will take an integrative approach that focuses on developmental concepts. Whereas traditional plant physiology courses were based on research carried out on intact plants or plant organs and were often based on phenomenological observations, current research in plant biology emphasizes work at the cellular, subcellular and molecular levels.
The goal of "Molecular Life of Plants" is to train students in integrative approaches to understand the function of plants in a developmental context. While the course focuses on plants, the training integrative approaches will also be useful for other organisms.
|The course "Molecular Life of Plants" will cover the following topics in a developmental context:
Plant genome organization
Food reserves and mobilization
Heterotrophic to autotrophic growth
Chlorophyll biosynthesis, photoreceptors
Integration of metabolism
Cell differentiation and expansion
Flower development and fertilization
Embryo and seed development
Number of participants limited to 15.
The enrolment is done by the D-BIOL study administration.
|S. C. Zeeman, B. Pfister
|In this block course, students actively participate in ongoing research projects on plant metabolism and are tutored individually by doctoral students and postdocs. In a lecture series, the theoretical background of the projects and their interrelationship is provided. Finally, students discuss their projects and results during a poster session.
|In this block course, students actively participate in ongoing research projects on plant metabolism and are tutored individually by doctoral students and postdocs.
|Participation in the following research projects will be possible: Photosynthetic metabolism; how is photo-assimilated carbon allocated to sustain plant growth? Chloroplast biology; how is chloroplast function integrated with that to the whole cell? Starch biosynthesis and degradation; how are complex, semi-crystalline starch granules made from simple sugars, and once made, how are they degraded again to release the stored carbohydrate? Regulation of metabolism through protein-protein interaction; how and why do proteins involved in starch metabolism interact with each other to form multi-subunit enzymes and multi-enzyme complexes? Sugar sensing; How does a plant know how much sugar it has, and how does this influence development.
|Descriptions of the possible projects including individual reading assignments will be handed out beforehand.