Course Descriptions

01:146:464 TOPICS IN CELL BIOLOGY AND NEUROSCIENCE: ADVANCES IN NEURAL PLASTICITY AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE

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

Offered 

Spring

Credits 

3

Prerequisites

Fundamentals of Neurobiology (146:245)

Course Description

The course will be taught by three CBN faculty members, each responsible for a module on a topic of choice. Each module consists of a mixture of lectures by the teaching faculty and student group presentation and discussion of assigned primary research articles. Each student will also be required to write a brief critical review of the assigned research papers for each module. Advances in stem cell therapies and optogenetics to regain or alter neural function are at the forefront of medicine. The course will cover stem cell replacement therapies and use of human organoid systems to understand brain development. Use of optogenetics to dissect cortical neuron circuitry and alter behavior of animals will also be discussed. Employment of these methodologies may be adapted by future scientists and clinicians to improve human health.

Course Syllabus 

 Spring 2019 Syllabus

Course URL

Sakai

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 2020 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. 

Faculty 

Course Coordinator and Instructor: Dr. Kelvin Kwan

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Instructor: Dr. David Margolis

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Instructor: Dr. Peng Jiang

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