• This course is focused on the cellular and systems features of neurons, the fundamental unit of signaling in the nervous system.  Rather than providing a broad survey of neuronal function, a small number of advanced topics will be examined in detail. There will be a focus on how to test hypotheses related to the topics addressed.
  • Semester Offered: Fall
  • Credits: 3
  • Course URL: Canvas

Prerequisites

Fundamentals of Neurobiology 01:146:245; Fundamentals of Cell Biology 01:146:270

Course Description

This course is focused on the cellular and systems features of neurons, the fundamental unit of signaling in the nervous system.  Rather than providing a broad survey of neuronal function, a small number of advanced topics will be examined in detail. There will be a focus on how to test hypotheses related to the topics addressed.

Topics include:

* Intra- and inter- cellular communication

* Construction of neuronal networks

* Protein interactions at the synapse

* Signal transduction pathways

* Dendritic integration and plasticity of neural circuits

Course Syllabus

Fall 2023 (formerly Advanced Neurobiology I)

Course URL

Canvas

Course Satisfies Learning Goals

Consistent with those set by the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, as well as the Division of Life Sciences at Rutgers University

See http://cbn.rutgers.edu/academics/undergraduate/learning-goals for more information.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Exams consist of "problem-solving" questions, either in essay or multiple choice format. This is to encourage understanding of the material presented rather than rote memorization. Questions focus on using experimental approaches, information, and techniques presented in class to investigate novel issues and to provide insight into the molecular mechanisms of neurological disorders.

A total of three exams are given, each on one module of the course.

Course Director:

Dr. Bonnie Firestein

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Additional Instructors:

Dr. David Margolis

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Dr. Rafiq Huda

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