Course Descriptions


This course is intended for junior and senior students majoring in CBN and fulfills one of the advanced course requirements for this major. The course is also suitable for other Life Science majors and graduate students with a strong background in the Biological Sciences.

This course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major.






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 genomics, epigenetics, imaging techniques, stem cell biology, protein transport, and cryo-electron microscopy. 

Topics include:

* Nucleic Acid and Protein Structure and Function
* DNA replication/repair
* Chromatin structure 
* Cell Cycle
* Cell Differentiation and Development
* Somatic Stem Cells and Niches
* Cancer Cells
* Genomics
* Membranes 
* Protein Sorting and Transport

Course Syllabus

 Fall 2021 Syllabus 


Preference is given to declared Cell Biology & Neuroscience majors graduating within the following academic year. If space is available, other qualified students will be admitted. See Course Closed, below.

Course URL

Course management via the University's Canvas platform

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

3, 80-minute exams  will count for 90% of the grade and approximately 6 graded quizzes will count for 10% of the grade. The exam policy posted on the course Canvas site will be strictly enforced during exams. There is no mechanism in place to earn extra credit for the purpose of raising a grade.

Graduate students (all students registered for 148:514) will answer a comprehensive essay question, worth 10% of the final grade, during the final exam.

Course Materials

Required Text:

MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY, by Lodish, Berk, Kaiser, Krieger, Bretscher, Ploegh, Amon and Martin, 8th Edition, WH Freeman. ISBN- 13:978-1-319-04387-2

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 Fall 2022 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.


Section Coordinator:

Dr. Ron Hart (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Participating Faculty:

Dr. Kelvin Kwan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Dr. Wei Dai (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.