01:146:464 Topics in Cell Biology and Neuroscience: Brain and Inner Ear Cell Development and Function



This course is for juniors and seniors majoring in Cell Biology and Neuroscience.

Course meets Monday and Thursday 8:40-10:00 am in ARC 207






Fundamentals of Neurobiology (146:245) and Fundamentals of Cell Biology (146:270), plus at least 1 Advanced course (Advanced Neurobiology I 01:146:445, Advanced Neurobiology II 01:146:447, Advanced Cell Bio 01:146:470 or Advanced Developmental Biology 01:146:472) and 1 hands-on research course (Research in CBN 01:146:307-308 or 1:146:406-407, Advanced Neurobiology Lab 01:146:448, Advanced Cell Bio Lab 01:146:471, 1 semester of Independent study 01:146:201-202 or Honors Research 01:146:408-409).

Course Description

The course will be taught by three CBN faculty members, each responsible for teaching a module on a topic of choice. Each module consists of a mixture of lectures by the teaching faculty and student presentation/discussion of assigned primary research articles. Each student will also be required to write a brief critical review of the assigned research papers. Topics include mammalian brain development, sensory system development and function, and cortical circuit function and plasticity.

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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 student presentation (50%), class participation (20%), and a written paper (30% of the grade).

Course Materials  

Primary Research Literature- journal articles assigned by the instructors 

Course Closed 

Course will be closed when a maximum of 18 students enrolled 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 2018 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 and Instructor: Dr. Gabriella D’Arcangelo 

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Instructor: Dr. Kelvin Kwan

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Instructor: Dr. David Margolis

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