• This in person course is intended for junior or senior students majoring in CBN and fulfills one of the advanced course requirements for this major (R10). The course may also be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the CBN (R11) or Biological Sciences major and is also suitable for other Life Science students who have a strong background in cell biology.
  • Semester Offered: Spring
  • Credits: 3
  • Course URL: Canvas


Fundamentals of Cell and Developmental Biology 01:146:270

Course Description

This course, taught by 3 professors, addresses advanced concepts of cell biology, focusing on signal transduction (module 1), cell adhesion and protein transport (module 2) and cytoskeletal dynamics controlling cell movement (module 3).
Classes meet twice per week (2x80 min). Attendance and participation are encouraged.

Course Syllabus

Spring 2025 Syllabus (will be posted soon)

Course URL


Course Satisfies Learning Goals

Master factual and conceptual knowledge in cell biology that will provide a solid foundation for success in advanced training and professional careers. Develop an ability to summarize, integrate and organize information. 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. These goals are consistent with those set by the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, as well as the Division of Life Sciences at Rutgers University.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Three 80-minute exams will count toward 57% of the final grade. There will be no comprehensive final exam. Additional quizzes will be offered during each module and count for 43% of the final grade.

Course Materials

Recommended Text:

MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY, by Lodish, Berk, Kaiser, Krieger, Bretscher, Ploegh, Martin, Yaffe and Amon. 9th Edition (2021), Macmillan Learning. ISBN: 9781319365028 (eBook), 9781319426736 (access card), 9781319208523 (paperback).

Additional slide notes, videos and reading material will be posted on Canvas.

Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the appropriate wait list:  Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2025 Courses. 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 Coordinator:

Prof. Gabriella D'Arcangelo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
B323 in Nelson Biological Laboratories, Busch Campus
(848) 445-2839

Participating Faculty:

  • Prof. Wei Dai (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Prof. Max Tischfield (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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