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David J Kittlesen

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Biology
Office location and address
249 Chemistry Building
485 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., Biology & Biomedical Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1993
BA, Biology, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, 1987
COLA 1500: College Advising Seminars
Credits: 1
COLA courses are 1-credit seminars capped at 18 first-year students, all of whom are assigned to the instructor as advisees. They are topically focused on an area identified by the faculty member; they also include a significant advising component centered on undergraduate issues (e.g., choosing a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). For detailed descriptions see http://college.as.virginia.edu/COLA
BIOL 2100: Introduction to Biology with Laboratory: Cell Biology & Genetics
Credits: 4
BIOL 2100 is one of two semester courses that together provide an intensive introduction to biology for prospective Biology majors and pre-health (med, vet, dental) students. This course focuses on the fundamentals of cell biology and genetics with an emphasis on classical and modern experimental approaches. Lecture topics and concepts are reinforced and extended during once-weekly laboratory/small group discussions.
BIOL 3240: Introduction to Immunology
Credits: 3
Studies the genetics and cell biology of the vertebrate immune system, with a focus on adaptive immunity. Classic and current experimental systems are emphasized. Prerequisite: Must have completed or be currently taking BIOL 2010 or BIOL 2100 or BME 2104
BIOL 3270: General Microbiology with Laboratory
Credits: 4
Microbes rule. In this course, we will explore how microbes rule the world and how genomics has revolutionized the way we study them. Fundamental principles of microbiology will be introduced. Topics include microbial cell structure, metabolism, genetics, diversity, evolution and infectious disease. Laboratory work will complement lecture topics and cover the core themes & concepts, as recommended by the American Society of Microbiology.
BIOL 3410: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Credits: 4
This course explores human form & function. Integrated lectures and labs focus on systems for support & locomotion, integration & control, regulation & maintenance, reproduction & development. Labs include anatomical dissection, 3D model analysis of organs & organ systems, and computer-based physiology experiments & histological investigations. The first of a two course sequence, this course offers a meaningful single semester A&P experience.
BIOL 4390: Biological Therapy of Cancer
Credits: 2
This seminar course revolves around weekly two-hour student-led presentations of primary literature in the field of cancer therapy using novel approaches including immunotherapies. Objectives include providing the student with significant exposure to primary literature and the development of critical thinking skills. Prerequisite: May not take if previously completed BIOL 3360.
BIOL 4910: Independent Research in the Life Sciences
Credits: 2
Independent research for qualified undergraduates under the direction of a faculty member OUTSIDE of the Biology Department. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission