Office of Undergraduate Instruction

01:694:421 Special Topics in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry: The Biology of Aging

This course is intended for Life Science majors or those with a strong background in the Biological Sciences.

This course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major.


Offered:  Spring

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  General Biology 01:119:115-116, 117 or 01:119:101-102 and 01:447:380 or 01:447:384/385 and 01:694:301 or 01:694:407.  

Course Description:  This course will discuss state-of-the-art understanding of the biology of aging and longevity, considering what we know, what are particular challenges to tackling the problem, what are the controversies, what are the myths.  Topics we will consider are genetics, diet, environment, chance, signaling pathways, epigenetics, late onset diseases.  Format will be lecture plus reading discussions, emphasis on molecular genetics of longevity and health span.

Topics:

What is aging?
Model systems in aging research
Genetics of Longevity
Longevity signaling pathways
DNA damage and maintenance
Telomere theories
Stress responses and healthy aging
Caloric restriction
Free radical theory of aging
Mitochondria
Metabolism and Diabetes
The aging brain
Late-onset Neurodegenerative disease
Epigenetics
Stem Cells and regenerative biology
Reproductive aging

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Course Satisfies Learning Goals

1. Students should demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge that is needed to begin biomedical research and that is required for post-graduate exams and studies.

2. Students should demonstrate the ability to find and evaluate information about specific biological systems or problems.

3. Students should demonstrate the ability to design experiments and critically analyze data.

 Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy:  TBD

Course Materials:  TBA

Course Closed?  This course is by Special Permission Number Only!  Please  use the following link to add your name to wait list to receive special permission: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2018 Courses

Faculty: Prof. Monica Driscoll


** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.

 

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