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MCB 493: Special Topics Mol Cell Biol

Section Type Times Days Location Instructor
APL LAB 10:00 AM - 01:50 PM F 485C Burrill Hall Brown, C
Advanced Physiology Lab Prerequisites: MCB 252 and MCB 253. This is an advanced laboratory course 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. MCB 493 APL involves the use of live animal subjects. Substitutions for the activities involving animals will not be provided. This course counts as an advanced MCB laboratory course. This section may not be repeated. Consult an MCB advisor for grade replacement situations. This course will be restricted to MCB and BIOC seniors and juniors until May 3, 2021. Any remaining seats will be unrestricted on May 3, 2021. You may add your name to the online waitlist at if the course is full.
EPI LEC 04:00 PM - 04:50 PM MWF 1024 Lincoln Hall Belmont, A
This course will cover the field of epigenetics that seeks to explain how long-lasting changes in cellular and organismal traits can occur through non-genetic, environmentally responsive mechanisms. The course will focus on the molecular mechanisms underlying epigenetic phenomenon but we will also cover applications to contemporary topics such as cancer, metabolism, aging, and tissue engineering. 3 undergraduate hours, 3 graduate hours.Prerequisite: Undergrads- MCB 252 or consent of instructor.One semester of biochemistry is recommended. This section of MCB 493 counts as advanced MCB course credit.
GDC LEC 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM TR 1306 Everitt Laboratory Ceman, S
Genetic Disorders and Counseling 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. Relevant new published findings will also be discussed. This section of MCB 493 counts as advanced MCB course credit.
VIR LCD 02:00 PM - 03:20 PM TR 119 Materials Science & Eng Bld Brooke, C
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. This course will focus on the common fundamental concepts that underlie and connect the replication, pathogenesis, and evolution of diverse virus families, rather than serve as a detail-focused survey of viruses. Group discussion of primary literature will be used to illustrate experimental approaches for exploring fundamental questions in virology. Prerequisites for this section of MCB 493 are MCB 250, 252, 300 and 354. This section of MCB 493 counts as advanced MCB course credit.
Description 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.
Note See sections for full details. Only some sections count as advanced MCB courses or advanced MCB labs.

APL – Advanced Physiology Lab, Fall and Spring; counts as advanced MCB lab

EPI – Epigenetics, Fall 2021; counts as advanced MCB course

GDC – Genetic Disorders and Counseling, FA only; counts as advanced MCB course

RCB – Archaeal Cell Biology, Not currently being offered

VIR – Virology, FA only; counts as advanced MCB course
Credit Hours 1 to 4 hours
Syllabus PDF of Course Syllabus