2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Advanced Biology: Cell Signaling

CANCELLED Last Updated: 12/20/2007

Fall quarter

Faculty: Nancy Murray biology

Major areas of study include neurobiology, genetics, cell biology, developmental biology and molecular biology. Upper-division science credit will be awarded.

Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Molecule to Organism or equivalent course work in microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology.

This program will focus on the molecular mechanisms underlying signal transduction in living systems. The molecules that contribute to cell communication - from sampling the environment to orchestrating growth, change, development and even simple stasis in an ever changing external world - influence all aspects of biology. We will examine how some of these molecules interact with one another in interconnected pathways. Devastating diseases from cancer to schizophrenia are intimately linked to these pathways in ways that we are still far from fully appreciating, understanding or exploiting. Several models of signaling systems that illustrate ways cells acquire and transmit information on both an organismal and a molecular scale will be presented.

Based predominantly in the lab, students will learn theoretical principles and gain extensive hands-on experience using advanced cellular and molecular techniques. Students will be expected to explain and apply the central themes and mechanisms of cell signaling, critically analyze and interpret experimental findings from primary research papers, and identify and describe the relationship between a disease and specific components of cell signaling. Students will also read papers from the primary literature that relate to cell signaling and discuss the data and ideas expressed in them.

Students will be evaluated based on their laboratory techniques, lab reports, class presentations, examinations, and homework and workshop assignments.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 25

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Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in biology and/or medicine.

Planning Units: Scientific Inquiry

Program Revisions

Date Revision
December 20th, 2007 This program has been cancelled.