BIS 104-001 Regulation of Cell Function Syllabus
: MWF 9:00-9:50 AM, Giedt 1001
Mondays 4:10-5:00 pm in SLB3061 (starting Jan 10)
Thursdays 2:10-3:00 pm in SLB3061 (starting Jan 6)
Yu-Tai Chang (Cell and Developmental Biology Graduate Student)
Tuesdays 11:00-11:50 am in SLB 3061 (starting Jan 11)
Wednesdays 10:00-10:50 pm in SLB 2061 (starting Jan 5)
BIS 104 is the capstone of the BIS 101-104 upper level core that all Biological Sciences
We will explore a variety of sub-cellular processes, focusing at the
molecular level using genetic and biochemical approaches learned in other courses.
Topics focus on membrane structure and function, protein trafficking between organelles,
interactions between the cell and its environment, regulation of the cytoskeleton, the cell
cycle, and intracellular signaling. Examples of cellular processes will mostly be from
animal cells, but we will also explore cell biology of microorganisms and plants.
Experimental approaches to uncover the molecular mechanisms will be stressed.
Importantly, we will relate how the studied processes relate to human disease, including
cancer, immune function, and bacterial infection.
Goals of the Course:
To become better and more well rounded biologists by understanding how molecular
machines function to regulate cellular processes.
To use the experimental approaches learned in genetics and biochemistry to understand
how to dissect molecular and cellular pathways and regulatory mechanisms.
To appreciate the contributions of model systems, such as bacteria, yeast, flies, worms,
mice, plants, and tissue culture cells, to our understanding of cellular processes important
for health, agriculture, and industry.
To appreciate how defects in many cellular processes lead to diseases, including cancer,
and how various pharmaceuticals target cellular processes.
To become better citizens by understanding the promises and limitations of research in
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