Course Descriptions



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.

This course is not being offered in Spring 2017






Advanced Neurobiology I 01:146:445 and 01:119:117 or 01:119:102

Course Description

Advanced laboratory methods in Neurobiology. Electrophysiological and immunohistochemical techniques will be used to explore the functional and structural features of nerve cells. The course consists of three multi-week projects that focus on voltage-gated potassium channels in N2a cells and the whole-cell ionic currents in hippocampal neurons. The laboratory environment is open and students are encouraged to work independently.

Techniques covered:

  • Microelectrode fabrication
  • Use of inverted microscopes and micromanipulators
  • Use of computer-controlled data acquisition hardware
  • Single-channel voltage-clamp
  • Whole-cell voltage-clamp
  • Whole-cell current clamp

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Course Satisfies Learning Goals

1. Master factual and conceptual knowledge in 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 the nervous system and its relevance to human health and to our society.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Three laboratory reports (one from each of the projects) as well as participation in class meetings and discussions

Course Materials

Supplied protocols and assigned papers

Course Closed?

Enrollment is by special permission only. Please contact the course instructor for more information.


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