Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Note: This is a four credit course which runs for 13 weeks.
The course covers the basic concepts of molecular, cell and developmental biology. Concepts addressed include the anatomy of cells, its building blocks and their function; genetic information, how it is stored, replicated and translated into proteins; inheritance and genetic variation; DNA technology and relevant experimental methods; communication between cells and their environment; regulation and pathways; development and cancer. The course also covers how this knowledge is applied in biotech and pharmaceutical companies, and the related bioinformatics challenges.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
Distinguish and describe components and functions of the cell, and the different kinds of bonds and forces between molecules and atoms.
Classify amino acids according to their chemical properties, size and hydrophobicity, and classify proteins according to structure, function, and evolutionary relationship.
Compare and contrast mitosis and meiosis.
Explore the structure of genes, and compare pro- and eukaryotic genes.
Recognize different modes of inheritance.
Assess the importance of outwards facing membrane components in cell recognition, adhesion and immunology.
Compare different kind of signaling such as endocrine and neuronal signaling.
Assess the importance of receptors and signaling in pharmaceutical industry and medical practice.
Compare the structures and functions of types of cytoskeletal filaments.
Considering cells in a social and developmental context, analyze the function of stem cells.
Analyze how cancer results from out of control proliferation, and analyze different pathways that can lead to cancer.