Ratings for Barton, G M
Based on 8 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: If you love thinking like an experimentalist, designing experiments, learning scientific approaches to study something rather than memorizing bunch of facts (so be aware of this when studying for thr exams), then MCB 150 w/ Greg Barton is for you. He is very enthusiastic about what he teaches and quite helpful when you just don't get something. Problem sets could be helpful in measuring how much you understand the material. As far as the discussion section goes, it is the perfect place to review what you have learned the week before and sometimes dig deeper into what has been covered. We were lucky this semester that Barton taught two out of three sections of the class, and our class structure was slightly different than the way this class is normally taught (that is we first learned everything about the innate immunity, then the adaptive immunity (both B and T cells) and finally the big picture, as oppose to jumping between adaptive and innate immunity). This new organization is similar to the way the course textbook (Janeway's) is written, making it easier to follow.
Submitted Jan. 23rd, 2015
Comment: Earlier in the semester, Barton would often delve into side stories behind famous discoveries in immunology. The weekly problem sets are graded only on completion. For exams, be sure to understand how concepts covered in lecture (e.g. class switching, B cell development) connect to experimental approaches (e.g. the PCR assay).
Submitted Dec. 20th, 2014
Comment: Barton may not sound like the most charismatic professor, but I thought he was a clear and helpful. He didn't lecture that often, but his presentations of the immunity components of the class were interesting - he tended to only get through half of his lecture slides for some lectures, but luckily those don't count for the exams. This is a really great class!
Submitted May 13th, 2012