Course Descriptions


This intensive course is suitable for 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 about 4 professors, addresses advanced concepts of cell biology, focusing on the molecular organization of cells, including internal membranes and synthesis of macromolecules, the cell nucleus, the cell cycle, cytoskeleton, cell-cell adhesion and the extra-cellular matrix, and signal transduction.

Topics include:

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

Course Syllabus

Fall 2017 Syllabus

Course URL

Course management via the University's Sakai 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 plus a comprehensive final will count for 100% of the grade. The exam policy posted on the course Sakai 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 Spring 2019 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. Megerditch Kiledjian (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.