Course Descriptions

01:146:464 Discoveries in Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology 

This course is intended for upper level students pursuing a major in a Life Science field who are interested in learning research principles and experimental approaches, and understanding how research leads to scientific discoveries. 







Fundamentals of Neurobiology (146:245) and Fundamentals of Cell and Developmental Biology (146:270)

Course Description

The cell adhesion molecule L1 and its function in the nervous system. Students will earn how the L1 molecule was discovered and how its biological role has evolved from a cell adhesion molecule that contributes to nervous system development to one that is relevant to recovery from injury, neurodegenerative diseases, learning and memory, and tumor progression. Selected readings illustrate how basic science insights into L1 functions progressed into clinical potential. 

Course Syllabus 

 Spring 2023 Syllabus

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Course Satisfies Learning Goals

1. Master factual and conceptual knowledge in cell biology and neuroscience that will provide a solid foundation for success in advanced training and professional careers.

2. Develop an ability to summarize, integrate and organize information.

3. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate the potential for current research and new discoveries to improve our understanding of cell biology and neuroscience and its relevance to human health and to our society.  

Grading Policy

The final grade in this course will be based upon class presentation (20%), student presentation (30%), and final exam (50%).

Course Materials  

There is no text for the course. Original publications covering the learning goals will be available on Canvas. Lectures will be recorded and made available on canvas.

Course Closed 

Course will be closed when a maximum of 18 students enrollment is reached. If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2023 . If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Science - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075  or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus. 


Course Instructor: Melitta Schachner

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