Contact Info

For general correspondence and questions, please contact us at:

cbb752 (at)


Name Abbr Office Email
Mark Gerstein MG Bass 432A

Guest Instructors

Name Abbr Office Email
Corey O’Hern CO Mason Laboratory corey.ohern (at)
Steven Kleinstein SK 300 George St steven.kleinstein (at)
Jesse Rinehart JR West Campus jesse.rinehart (at)
Matthew Simon MDS West Campus matthew.simon (at)
Kei Cheung KC 300 George St kei.cheung (at)
Carl Zimmer CZ 266 Whitney Ave carl.zimmer (at)

Consultation is available UPON REQUEST or according to times stipulated by the individual instructors. Prof. Gerstein’s office office hours will usually be right after some the classes.

Teaching Fellows (TF)

Name Abbr Office Email
Donghoon Lee DL Bass 437 donghoon.lee (at)
Hussein Mohsen HM Bass 437 hussein.mohsen (at)

General Course Policy

First Meeting

The first lecture will be held on Mon. Jan 14, 2019. Somewhat confusingly, Friday, January 18th has been declared an “academic Monday” due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day (1/21/2019), and so the course’s third meeting will be on Friday, January 18th.

Snow Days (general policy)

We have built into the class schedule the potential for snow days. To avoid last minute uncertainty and confusion, we will not wait until Yale officially closes the university for snow (which only happens in the most extreme of blizzards). If the weather looks particularly problematic a few days before (e.g., on Sat. for a Mon. class), we will preemptively cancel via the class email list, which means it important for all to be on this list.

Grading Policy

We expect that this year the weighting scheme will be to a first approximation:

Category % of Total Grade
Midterm Quiz 15%
Final Quiz 15%
Discussion Section 20%
Homeworks 20%
Final Project 30%

Relevant Yale College Regulations

Students may have questions concerning end-of-term matters. Links to further information about these regulations can be found below:


Below is a message from the Dean of Yale College about citing your references and sources of information and plagiarism:

” You need to cite all sources used for papers, including drafts of papers, and repeat the reference each time you use the source in your written work. You need to place quotation marks around any cited or cut-and-pasted materials, IN ADDITION TO footnoting or otherwise marking the source. If you do not quote directly – that is, if you paraphrase – you still need to mark your source each time you use borrowed material. Otherwise you have plagiarized. It is also advisable that you list all sources consulted for the draft or paper in the closing materials, such as a bibliography or roster of sources consulted. You may not submit the same paper, or substantially the same paper, in more than one course. If topics for two courses coincide, you need written permission from both instructors before either combining work on two papers or revising an earlier paper for submission to a new course. It is the policy of Yale College that all cases of academic dishonesty be reported to the chair of the Executive Committee…. “

” Academic integrity is a core institutional value at Yale. It means, among other things, truth in presentation, diligence and precision in citing works and ideas we have used, and acknowledging our collaborations with others. In view of our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of academic integrity, the Graduate School Code of Conduct specifically prohibits the following forms of behavior: cheating on examinations, problem sets and all other forms of assessment; falsification and/or fabrication of data; plagiarism, that is, the failure in a dissertation, essay or other written exercise to acknowledge ideas, research, or language taken from others; and multiple submission of the same work without obtaining explicit written permission from both instructors before the material is submitted. Students found guilty of violations of academic integrity are subject to one or more of the following penalties: written reprimand, probation, suspension (noted on a student’s transcript) or dismissal (noted on a student’s transcript). “

Also, it might be of interest to people, to look at this recent article regarding academic dishonesty.