PI: Associate Professor Sally G
Department of Biology
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
tel: 415-405-0736 (office) 5-0751
SPRING 2018 Office Hours
FRIDAYS, 9:30am - 11:30am (strict end time), in HH668C
Office Hours are first come, first served - drop in. Make sure you sign in at the main hallway entrance.
Please see this web page for useful Biology Advising information: Undergraduate Advising information for Biology Majors
Gould, K.L., Burns, C.G.,
Feoktistova, A., Hu, C.P., Pasion, S.G., and Forsburg, S.L. (1998)
Fission yeast cdc24(+) encodes a novel replication factor
required for chromosome integrity. Genetics
General Biology Advising only for CURRENT advisees--NEW GENERAL BIOLOGY advisees should consult the Department of Biology Office and to find an alternate General Biology Advisor.
make sure that you
•STOP at the Department of Biology Office HH534
•PICK UP the BIOLOGY ADVISING CHECKLIST or DOWNLOAD the Biology
Advising Checklist (click here
to download) BEFORE you visit
•READ the BIOLOGY ADVISING CHECKLIST
•BRING all the required paperwork
indicated in the Checklist for your meeting
Students must be prepared for the advising appointment:
Go to the Biology
Advising web page:
Go to the General
Biology Advising web page:
Student must bring ALL paperwork (Biology Advising
Checklist, SFSU unofficial transcripts, DARS/ASE/Degree Progress Report, supporting documents from transfer campuses, forms) to the meeting
Research Summary return to top of page
Sherman, D. A., Pasion,
S. G., and Forsburg, S. L. (1998). Multiple domains of fission yeast
Cdc19p (MCM2) are required for association with the core MCM complex. Mol. Biol.
Pasion , S. G. and
Forsburg, S.L. (1999). Nuclear localization of fission yeast
requires MCM complex formation. Mol.
Biol. Cell 10: 4043-4057.
Gómez, E.B., and Forsburg, S.L. (2000) Dynamic chromosomes. Genome Biology
Pasion, S.G. and
Forsburg, S.L. (2001). Deconstructing a conserved protein family: the
role of MCM proteins in eukaryotic DNA replication. In: Genetic
Engineering, Principles and Methods, vol. 23. J. K.
Setlow, ed. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press, Genet Eng (N Y).
BIOL 357-01 Molecular Genetics [Mon, Wed, & Fri, 12:10 pm- 1:10 pm, BH 226]
Biology 357 is a course intended for biology majors. The course will cover current ideas in molecular biology including the transfer and expression of genetic information, the interaction and hybridization of genes, molecular mutagens, and molecular evolution. Related "ethical questions" will also be discussed as they arise. In this course, we will focus on the transmission and expression of genetic information. Although the course predominantly emphasizes eukaryotic molecular genetics, we will also familiarize ourselves with prokaryotic molecular genetics. We will consider the structure and function of the genetic material at the molecular level, replication and repair of the genetic material, and the regulation and expression of genetic information.
The prerequisite for Biol 357 is completion of Biol 355 (or equivalent majors genetics course) with a grade of C- or better. The prerequisite will be enforced. Cell & Molecular Biology B.S. students have priority enrollment.
Successful registration (touch-tone) in Biol 357 is not a guarantee of enrollment--successful completion of the prerequisite must be confirmed.
All students who wish to enroll in Biol 357 (whether you are currently registered or wish to add the class) must attend the first day of class (MONDAY, Jan 22, 2018). To expedite enrollment, unless you completed Biol 355 Genetics at SF State, each student must bring their unoffical transcript from the non-SF State campus, demonstrating successful completion of the prerequisite course. These forms will be turned in to the instructor during the first week of classes.
RECOMMENDED: Molecular Genetics Textbook (available at SF State Bookstore)
Title: Molecular Biology: Principles and Practice
Authors: Michael M. Cox; Jennifer Doudna; Michael O'Donnell
Edition: 2nd Edition, 2015 (Publisher, WH Freeman)
In addition: the class response system i>Clicker2 student remote is REQUIRED for use in class (the i>Clicker remote is acceptable as well). The i>Clicker2 remote is available at the SF State Bookstore (the same remote used in Biol 355).
Biol 310 Biology for Today's World - [Mon and Wed, 2 - 4pm, SEPAL classroom, HH245]
Each student is enrolled in BOTH Biol 310-01 Lecture 2-4pm and Biol 355-02 ACTIVITY 2-4pm. Attendance is expected in BOTH classes every week.
This course is designed for non-majors students. Biology students should not enroll in Biol 310 (Biology students will complete their UD-B requirement by completion of Biol 355 Genetics). Completion of this course with a C- or better will meet the UD-B graduation requirement, if a student has upper division standing, and the SF State Studies Environmental Sustainability requirement.
Course prerequisite: completion of one college level biology course for credit
This upper division biology course is intended for non-major students interested in deepening their knowledge of scientific inquiry and biological systems. An overarching goal of the course is for students to gain insight into the nature of scientific inquiry, the process by which knowledge in biology is acquired, and of the strengths and limitations of the process and the evidence obtained. To this end, students will evaluate experiments and data that support our current understanding of biological systems and how they function, will gain skills in working with peers as they contribute to planning and accomplishing collaborative investigations and oral presentations, and will also have the opportunity to improve their communication skills through collaboration with peers, numerous writing assignments, and scientific poster presentations.
All students who wish to enroll in Biol 310 (whether you are currently registered or wish to add the class) must attend the first day of class (MONDAY, January 22, 2018).
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in Biology, and Single Subject
Policy on requesting
Letters of Recommendation
Online Journals (Cell, Molecular, and Microbiology-related)
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Colloquium (Biology 871)
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|Summer 2015 Lab Photo
||Spring 2018 Lab Photo
Justine Ramos - Undergraduate
Ntsaum Vang - Masters
Jessica Chan - Undergraduate
Jiayu Luo - Masters
|Spring 2012 Lab Photo
Aguilera (B.S. SF State, M.S. SF State, now at Clover Health)
Masae Ahmann (graduate student, currently SF State
Mattelin Bautista (Bridges Summer Student)
Dennis Bua (M.S. SF State, Ph.D. and postdoc Stanford)
Berenice Cabrera (B.S. SF State)
Janis Cabuhat (B.S. SF State, currently at Genentech)
Joni Castro (SF State graduate student)
Shani Chapman (M.S. SF State)
Johnny Chavez (M.S. SF State)
Laura Cochrane (Research Technician, SF State graduate student)
(M.S. SF State, currently Research Associate at UCSF)
(graduate student, Ph.D. UC Davis)
Letizia Diamante (Visiting International
Scholar; MS, Univ.
of Pavia; currently University of Cambridge Ph.D. student)
Gemma Estrada Girona (M.S. SF State, currently Research Technician at EMBL)
Gabriela Flores - (B.S. SF State)
Gabe Getchell - (B.S. SF State)
Gibson (B.S. and M.S. SF State, Research Associate, Hampton Creek)
(B.S. SF State, MPH UC Berkeley)
Hararah (B.S. SF State)
Mela Hardin (M.A. in Mathematics, SF State, currently Ph.D. student at Arizona State)
Hutchinson (B.S. SF State)
(B.S. SF State)
(graduate student, M.D.-Ph.D. Drexel University )
Lorl Lee (Project SEED intern)
Philbert Lee (high school student intern, B.S. UCSC,
M.S. SF State, currently Ph.D. student at University of Chicago)
Lisa Liang (Project SEED intern, B.S. Environmental Toxicology, UC Davis)
Liu (high school student
Liu (high school student
Anthony Xavier Lopez (B.S. SF State, M.S. SF State, currently teaching at LA Valley College & El Camino College)
Eduardo Lujan (B.S. SF State, currently MS student at SF State)
Elizabeth Mazza (B.S. SF State)
Jennifer Menjivar (B.S. SF State, currently MD student at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA )
Mehnaz Malek (graduate student, currently at Celgene)
Garima Mital (M.S. SF State, currently at Genentech)
(B.A. in Mathematics, B.S. in Cell & Molecular Biology SF State, graduate student at Touro University)
Bichloan Nguyen (B.S. and M.S. SF State)
Pederson (Research Associate at UC Berkeley)
J. Michelle Pierce
(Bridges Summer student, B.S. Arizona State, currently at SF Department of the Environment)
Terry Reyes (B.S. SF State, Ph.D. Stanford University, currently at Genencor)
Nainoa Richardson (B.S. and M.S. SF State, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (UNS) Institute of Biology Valrose (iBV))
Santibañez Vargas (Bridges Summer student, B.S. UC Riverside)
Iqbal Thabet (SF State graduate student)
Herlinda Tin (Bridges Summer student, B.A. in Psychology, UC
Riverside; M.A. Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology)
Anna Marie Tuazon (M.S. SF State, currently Ph.D. student, UC Davis)
Cherryl Valenzuela (Bridges Summer student)
Wazna-Blank (B.S. SF State)
Ivan Zamora (SF State graduate student, Impossible Food Inc.)