Prof. Gutenkunst’s central educational goal is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for the increasingly quantitative world of biology. He furthers this goal through his teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Arizona and through his teaching at international workshops. To engage students with authentic systems biology research models, he is developing an instructional model focused on student curation of models in the BioModels database.

University of Arizona

MCB 572: Cell Systems

Dr. Gutenkunst teaches this core class for Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate students with Profs. Ted Weinert and Lisa Nagy. In the course, the students read and discuss papers from the systems biology and genomics literature. Dr. Gutenkunst has added primers on both mathematical modeling and statistics.

MCB 315: Key Concepts in Quantitative Biology

Dr. Gutenkunst developed MCB 315 to introduce biology students to the power of quantitative approaches and to introduce mathematics, physics, and computer science students to the wonderful complexity of molecular and evolutionary biology.

MCB 181: Introductory Biology 1

In Dr. Lisa Elfring‘s section of Introductory Biology, Dr. Gutenkunst often leads the two-week module on the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology.

International workshops

q-bio Summer School

The q-bio Summer School is a two-week school for graduate students and postdocs interested in quantitative biology. Dr. Gutenkunst has taught several times at the school, focusing on parameter inference and evolutionary applications of systems biology.

Workshop on Population and Speciation Genomics

At the 1st Workshop on Population and Speciation Genomics in Český Krumlov, Czech Republic, Dr. Gutenkunst delivered a day of lectures and exercises focused on demographic history inference from population genomic data, Python programming, and using ∂a∂i.