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BIOL 326
Cellular Assembly and Movement Fall 2020
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; This hybrid course will have a combination of in-person and pre-recorded lectures, and laboratory, three hours a week; the laboratory projects will require additional time outside of class hours. The in-person lectures will be recorded for remote students. Class time will be devoted to a mix of lecture and discussion of articles. Remote students will join discussion sessions and participate in lab via Zoom.
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 2146
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
Enrollment Preferences: senior and junior Biology majors
Unit Notes: does not satisfy the distribution requirement for the Biology major
Distributions: Division III
Attributes: BIMO Interdepartmental Electives

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