Tyrone Genade Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of Cape Town
M.Sc., University of Stellenbosch
B.Sc., University of Stellenbosch
VPH 109 D
Dr Genade teaches the following courses (click on the name to download a past syllabus):
Bio121 Introduction to Anatomy: a functional anatomy class directed at sport scientists and nursing students.
Bio121 Introduction to Physiology: a case-study student-lead course aimed at building an integrative concept of physiological processes in the minds of students.
Bio110 Introduction to Life Sciences: an Integrated General Education course aimed at non-majors that aims to inculcate a unified view of Biology around the ordering principles that underlie biological processes.
He does research on the neurobiology of aging. Before joining Northwestern's faculty, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town, where he conducted research in neurophysiology. Prior to earning his advanced degrees, Genade taught high school biology. He has published research on the effects of resveratrol in Experimental Gerontology.
He is currently engaged in two research projects.
The first in collaboration with Alessia Montesano of the Facoltá di Medicina Veterinaria of the University of Naples Federico II of Naples, Italy. Alessia is researching the effect of calorie restriction on the hormones involved in regulation metabolism of Nothobranchius furzeri.
The second project involves Honors students of NWC. We are researching whether or not the inbred Nothobranchius furzeri Gonezhou fish is suffering from a Parkinson's-like Disease. For a full rational of the project read this PDF file (2.5 mb). These experiments include anatomical and protein research as well as experiments that affect the lifespan of the fish.
Micrograph of Nothobranchius brain stained with DAB through immunohistochemistry. Sections were treated with 88% formic acid to reveal pathological alpha-synuclein protein. Neurons that are immunoreactive to anti-alpha-synuclein are indicated by green arrows. Representative healthy neurons are indicated by magenta arrows. This is the first demonstration of pathological alpha-synucleion in the brain of N. furzeri Gonarezhou. Staining performed by honors student, Mr Mawuli MacDonald.
Dr. Genade's research is supported by NWC through the Northwestern Endowed Research Fellowship; and has benefited from a small grant through Experiment.com. Support is also obtained via donations from killifish hobbyists and hobbyist organizations such as the Arizona Rivulin Keepers.
- Introduction to the Life Sciences
This course will explore life processes common to plants, animals, andprotists; cell structure and function; biodiversity; an introduction togenetics; biochemistry and development; evolution and ecology. Laboratoryexercises will help students explore each topic using the scientific method.Hypothesis forming, data analysis and reporting will be essential componentsof the laboratory. An accompanying text will introduce students to Christianperspectives on current issues in molecular genetics and evolutionarytheory. (4 credits) (NWCore option under Science and the Natural World)Note: Does not count toward a biology major or minor.
- Introduction to Human Anatomy
An introduction to the anatomical structures of the human body. The focus of the course will be on structures of: cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. The systems studied will include (but not necessarily limited to) integument, bone, skeletal system (including joints), muscle, cardiovascular, nervous, lymphatic, endocrine, respiratory, renal, reproductive and gastrointestinal. Concurrent requisite: CHE101SN or 111.(4 credits)Note: Includes 3 hours of lab per week as well as lab practical examinationsusing either dissected organs from animal source or A.D.A.M. interactiveanatomy. Does not count toward a biology major or minor.
- Introduction to Human Physiology
An introduction to the physiology of the human body. The focus of the course will be on homeostasis and the function of: biomolecules, cells and tissues, organs and organ systems. The contribution of each of the following organ systems to physiologic homeostasis will be examined: nervous, muscle, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, renal, reproductive and gastrointestinal. Prerequisite: CHE101SN or 111; Concurrent requisite: CHE102 or 112. (4 credits)Note: Includes 3 hours of lab per week which will emphasize the measurementof organ system function. Does not count toward a biology major or minor.