21st Century Applications in Mol-Cell-Bio focuses on the structure and function of macromolecules and cells and how they are altered in disease and therapy. This course explores physical principles underlying cell function, along with biophysical approaches for solving problems of cell and molecular biology. Cutting-edge molecular and cellular-based technologies are discussed throughout the course; this includes spatial biology approaches, single cell tissue analysis, viral gene delivery constructs, miRNA vaccines, novel platforms for tissue engineering and cell therapy, CRISPR genome editing, and immune checkpoint therapy. This course is particularly suitable for undergraduate students interested in medical research, clinical science research, graduate school, MD-PhD programs, or research-based careers in biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry.
Understand how to survey peer-reviewed literature and how to read and review critical elements of research papers.
Develop scientific writing skills through a broad range of assignments, presentations, and coursework.
Conceptualize how cell and molecular approaches are used to understand and/or treat disease through lectures, literature reviews, and quantitative analysis of real data sets.
Identify advantages and disadvantages of molecular and cell-based interventions in pre-clinical/clinical practice.