SUNY Cobleskill biotech program using pandemic as crucial reference point

Last year, as the threat of COVID-19 became clear, SUNY Cobleskill professor Barbara Brabetz knew she had to make some changes to her biochemistry class.

While the pandemic altered the curriculum of the upper-level biochemistry course at Cobleskill — which is meant for students heading into the biotech industry, veterinary medicine or medical school — it also impacted other courses within the program, including immunology. Now a year after these initial course updates, both Brabetz and Natural Sciences & Mathematics Chair Dr. Illona Gillette-Ferguson has seen how incorporating the coronavirus into these classes has helped students learn. And they plan to continue keeping students engaged as they use real-time experiences to teach the abstract.