One semester per year, Ishmail co-teaches Molecular Biology and Genetics (BIOL221) with Dr. Mia Levine. In the first part of the course, Mia takes the heavy lifting on classic Mendelian Transmission Genetics across a host of model systems. In the second part of the course, Ishmail covers the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology, focusing on transcription, translation, and regulation of gene expression in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The third part of the course is centered around genomics, genetic variation, and gene editing and supplemented with guest lectures given by Drs. Sarah Tishkoff and Iain Matheison.

For the course textbook they use the Griffith’s et al 11th edition of “Introduction to Genetic Analysis.” Although, for fun and additional content Ishmail is also fond of the other three books below.