MCB 493 Syllabi - Special Topics Mol Cell Biol

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MCB 493: Discussion of current topics of interest within the broad domain of molecular and cellular biology; seminar or lecture format. Topics vary. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor.

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Special Topics in Advanced Physiology Lab

PDF syllabus - MCB 493 Section APL: This is an advanced laboratory course designed to study fundamental physiology concepts including full body metabolism, endocrine signaling, and neural, muscular, and cardiovascular systems using hands-on experiments and computer simulations. Students will measure and analyze how diet and exercise impinge on the response elicited from these different systems using a calorimeter, analyzing blood glucose and hormone levels, testing for stress/anxiety, and measuring heart rate and muscle contraction. In addition, the goals of the course also include facilitating a student-driven experimental design, testing and analysis process.

Special Topics in Genetic Disorders and Counseling

PDF syllabus - MCB 493 Section GDC: This course addresses key issues in human genetics at an advanced level and is designed for pre-health care professionals. The course covers basic principles of medical ethics, chromosomes, complex disorders like autism and Alzheimer’s disease, gene therapy and emerging technologies like CRISPR. Relevance to counseling individuals with these disorders will be discussed throughout the course, including calculations of recurrence risk for each disorder.

Special Topics in Virology

PDF syllabus - MCB 493 Section VIR: Viruses are everywhere. They are intimately involved in the lives of all major life forms on earth and impose enormous public health and economic burdens upon human society, as has been made painfully obvious this year. This course will focus on the common fundamental biological concepts that underlie and connect the replication strategies of diverse virus families and will examine host interactions between viruses and the host influence infection outcome. Group discussion of primary literature will be used to illustrate experimental approaches for exploring fundamental questions in virology.