About the course

Course # VMB 651 (Section 001)      [view flyer]
Course title Cancer Systems Biology   (under Selected Topics in Veterinary Medicine)
Course offered at Oregon State University, Corvallis Campus
Course dates Spring Quarter, 2017 (Apr. 3 – Jun. 16)
Instructor Stephen Ramsey
Credits 3 (expected workload is nine hours per week, including the three hours in class)
Prerequisites Graduate standing (students from all graduate programs are welcome, non-life-sciences programs such as CS, mathemtaics, and statistics). NOTE: in order to register for this course you will need to email me (Stephen Ramsey) and I will ask the registrar to set up permission for you to register; sorry for the inconvenience, this is due to a quirk in the course listing for VMB651.
Weekly schedule TR 10:00–11:30 AM in 104 Dryden Hall
(NOTE: on April 25 and 27, we will meet in 212B Dryden Hall)
Course type Discussion and some basic computational work
Class intranet We will be using Canvas for class coordination.
Course materials List of topics is available under the Topics tab; detailed course syllabus with reading assignments is available for enrolled students on the Canvas.
Grading TBD (please check back in winter quarter)

Topics for VMB651

List of topics is still being determined, but will likely include topics in these areas:
  • single-cell genome/transcriptome sequencing in cancer research
  • cancer sub-typing via the transcriptome and/or genome
  • multiscale modeling of cancer (no modeling background required)
  • cross-species 'omics data analysis
  • pan-cancer analysis of the cancer genome/epigenome
  • model-based approaches for predicting responsiveness to therapy
Please check back during winter quarter 2017, for the complete list of topics.

Organization of VMB651

This course will primarily involve group discussions of seminal papers in the field of cancer systems biology. The course will also involve some use of computers for analyzing data sets (using the R statistical computing environment) relevant to the articles that we are studying; no prior experience in computer programming is required for this course.

Statement Regarding Students with Disabilities

Accommodations for students with disabilities are determined and approved by Disability Access Services (DAS). If you, as a student, believe you are eligible for accommodations but have not obtained approval please contact DAS immediately at 541-737-4098 or at ds.oregonstate.edu. DAS notifies students and faculty members of approved academic accommodations and coordinates implementation of those accommodations. While not required, students and faculty members are encouraged to discuss details of the implementation of individual accommodations.

Statement of Expectations for Student Conduct, including the Cheating Policy


Contact the instructor

Stephen Ramsey stephen.ramsey@oregonstate.edu
Office (Biomedical Sciences) 208A Dryden Hall
Office Hours TBD (Dryden Hall)
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