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    Dec 31, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    We dedicated our time to a number of projects that focused a lot on cancer and stem cell research. There was a number of research papers that we read and analyzed. The class was mostly dedicated to student collaboration and discussion than lectures. Lectures that did occur were engaging and well thought out. It was a very fun and fascinating course that I would recommend to anyone with a love for biology.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of this course was most definitely the two projects dedicated to tumor paints and stem cells. Tumor paints was the first project and we learned about a protein compound found in scorpion venom that attaches only to tumor cells. The research led to adding a fluorescent tag to the molecule so that when it attached to cancer cells it would glow a bright green, so that surgeons could avoid removing healthy cells. Stem cells was the last project we focused on. We learned about induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). iPSC happens when scientists collect adult stem cells from bone marrow or skin cells and use four transcription factors to turn back the clock and make them pluripotent again. This means you could take a skin cell turn back the clock and that skin cell could be used as a cardio cell or a liver cell for transplants. It opens the door to drug testing and disease modeling. During that project, we learned about tissue engineering, regeneration, epigenetics, and organoids.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    My advice would be to just study a lot. Be involved with your assigned group and put together a google document or message board. This class requires collaboration and participation, trying to pursue this class on your own won't help you in anyway. Make sure you talk to your TA and Doc Linda because they are willing to help you and answer any question you have.

    • Fall 2016
    • Linda Martin-Morris
    • Yes
    • Group Projects Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Aug 20, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    So much effort was put into making this class a good learning experience. There's a lot of active learning, and you learn a lot in a short period of time. Micro Bio was never something that really stuck with me, but even a year later, I still remember concepts that I learned in this class. Plus, I always had a good time in class and looked forward to going every day.

    Course highlights:

    I really enjoyed reading research papers because they usually were incredibly dense, and by the end of it, I always felt like I understood them well. We would work through them in groups and present pieces of it to one another, so we always got multiple perspectives on how to understand the papers.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Use study groups, and practice explaining concepts to one another. It's really easy to think that you understand something until you try to explain it.

    • Summer 2015
    • BrianBuchwitz
    • Many Small Assignments Group Projects Requires Presentations

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