BIOL 406 Fall 2014 Dynamics of Internal Membrane Systems

Eukaryotic cells build and maintain a diverse set of internal membrane compartments, such as the endoplasmic reticulum, the Golgi compartment, and lysosomes, which exist as parts of an interconnected and dynamic membrane system. Each of these membrane compartments has unique functions despite a high rate of exchange between the different organelles. This course will mechanistically examine how the identity of organelles is achieved via highly regulated membrane trafficking events and investigate the importance of membrane trafficking in specialized biological processes including neurotransmission, glucose homeostasis, and immune cell killing. We will read classic and current primary literature articles and discuss the essential techniques, experimental design, and models of cell biology.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: discussion, three hours per week; evaluation will be based on class participation and 4 three page papers
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: BIOL 202
Enrollment Preference: open to juniors and seniors with preference given to senior biology majors who have not taken a 400-level course, then to juniors
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Distribution Notes: does not satisfy distribution requirement in the major
Divisional Attributes: Division III
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Enrollment Limit: 12
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 1326
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BIOL 406 - 01 (F) SEM Dynamics of Membrane Systems Division 3: Science and Mathematics Alex C. Engel
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Bronfman 107 1326 Open
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