HKU Biological Sciences Department

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The Biology Department is located in Chong Yuet Ming Chemistry Building, and most courses and their lab sessions are in the Kadoorie Building. Orientation and administrative papers are picked up in CYM, but course businesses is sorted out on the 5th floor of the Kadoorie Building.

The Department of Biological Sciences is separated into three major blocks: Food and Nutrition, Animal Science and Biochemistry/Biotechnology.In addition to these disciplines, there are several survey courses available in the Common Core curriculum for non-science majors. The Biomedical Breakthroughs in a Pluralistic World is an interesting class that introduces how methods in genetic, understanding of the various schools of medicine can shape the molecular diagnostics and treatment of disease.

The Biomedical Breakthroughs in Pluralistic World (CCST 9006) class explores how the mutations at site-specific gene sequence can give rise to antibiotics, and altered expression of regulatory genes. There are weekly tutorials, or we know it as discussions, where we discuss contemporary topics. The end of the semester, we are to present a medical topic that hasn’t been covered in lecture or tutorials.

In Clincal Pathogenesis and Applied Immunology (BIOL3219), three main diagnostic tools–Western blot, immunohistochemistry, immunoflourescnence–were discussed in depth. I find this class to be very helpful in clarifying the various techniques and diagnostic tools used in the research lab. I have heard these names before, but I had never understood their use in detail. Western blot utilizes antigen-antibody interaction to separate proteins based on size. Immunohistochemistry can be used to observe proteins or target compounds localized in cells and tissues.

Western blot. Gel electrophoresis separates proteins based on size. Gene samples are loaded into a gel and the proteins are