Winter_2012_syllabus - BIS 104-001 Cell Biology Lectures...

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BIS 104-001 Cell Biology Winter 2012 Lectures : MWF 9:00-9:50 AM, Haring 2205 Professor: Daniel Starr e-mail: [email protected] Office hours: Mondays 4:10-5:00 pm in SLB3061 (starting Jan 23) Thursdays 3:10-4:00 pm in SLB3061 (starting Jan 12) Teaching Assistants : Rebecca Beer (Cell and Developmental Biology Graduate Student) e-mail: [email protected] Office hours: Tuesdays 1:10-2:00 pm in SLB 3061 (starting Jan 10) Wednesdays 10:00-10:50 am in SLB 3061 (starting Jan 11) Jose Pietri (Microbiology Graduate Student) e-mail: [email protected] Office hour: Fridays 10:00-10:50 am in SLB 3061 (Starting Jan 13) Course Description: BIS 104 is the capstone of the BIS 101-104 upper level core that all Biological Sciences majors take. 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: 1. To become better and more well rounded biologists by understanding how molecular machines function to regulate cellular processes. 2. To use the experimental approaches learned in genetics and biochemistry to understand how to dissect molecular and cellular pathways and regulatory mechanisms. 3. 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. 4. To appreciate how defects in many cellular processes lead to diseases, including cancer, and how various pharmaceuticals target cellular processes. 5. To become better citizens by understanding the promises and limitations of research in cell biology.
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Resources: Smartsite: Find announcements, files, study material and links at the UC Davis SmartSite course webpage. Any changes/additions to the course material will be posted as announcements. Textbook : Cell and Molecular Biology, Gerald Karp, sixth edition. Clickers: You will be assigned a new classroom response remote control (a “clicker”). This class will be piloting a new device, the iClicker that UC Davis is considering changing to. Your Interwrite PRS remotes will not work. Free demo iClickers will be checked out to you for free use for the quarter. You must return them promptly at the end of the quarter, or you will be charged for the clicker and your grade will be held. iClickers will be handed out before the second class. Please bring the iClicker to every
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