BIOL 326
Cellular Assembly and Movement Spring 2024
Division III
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This course will focus on how multi-protein complexes are assembled to control key cellular processes in eukaryotic systems: 1) protein sorting and trafficking, 2) establishment and maintenance of cell architecture, and 3) mitosis, cell migration and tissue morphogenesis that require coordination of the membrane transport and cytoskeleton. The course will highlight involvement of these processes in pathological conditions. Laboratories will use mammalian tissue culture as a model system to study cellular functions. Important techniques in cell biology will be introduced in the first half of the semester; in the second half of the term, students will conduct a multi-week independent project. Textbook readings will be supplemented with primary literature.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; lectures, three hours a week; laboratory, three hours a week. The laboratory projects will require additional time outside of class hours.
Limit: 24
Expected: 24
Class#: 3057
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three exams, in-class discussion of papers, lab reports, an oral presentation and research paper based on an independent lab research project
Prerequisites: BIOL 202 or BIOL 212 or BIOL 222
Enrollment Preferences: senior and junior Biology majors
Distributions: Division III
Attributes: BIMO Interdepartmental Electives

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