586--Cellular Biology of Disease

In this upper level class, we will study the cellular basis of disease using a project based format. The class will begin with a discussion of the tools used to study cells, including molecular methods such as CRISPR. Cell and tissue structures and function will be discussed. The remainder of the class will be spent investigating diseases that result from defects in single genes -- two common examples are cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia. Students will read the primary literature as well as other sources. Evaluation will be based on presentations, written reports, comments on readings, and class participation.

Offered Spring Semesters Only

Biology Core Requirement Area: 
Cellular Biology and Development
Plant requirement: 
No
Lab Requirement: 
No
General Education Requirement: 
No