Course Offerings

BRTP 821 MACROMOLECULAR STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION, 4 cr.
This course provides an introduction to fundamental concepts in the biochemistry of macromolecules, including the structure, characterization, purification, and functional analysis of proteins and nucleic acids. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

BRTP 822, MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY, 3 cr.
This course provides an introduction to fundamental concepts of cell structure, cell division, the experimental study of cells, and the regulation of gene expression. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

BRTP 823 GENETICS AND GENE REGULATION, 2 cr.
This course provides the fundamental concepts for understanding genetic analysis and cell function. The relationships between cellular functions and their biochemistry are examined in membrane transport, energy production, protein secretion, cytoskeletal structure/function, and cell specification. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

BRTP 824 CELL SIGNALING, 3 cr.
This course provides an introduction to fundamental concepts of cell signaling and cell regulation. Concepts include receptor systems, signal transduction, regulation of membrane potential, and the relationships between cell signaling and development, cancer, neurobiology, and immunobiology. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

GCBA 806 TEACHING AND RESEARCH PRESENTATION SKILLS, 2 cr.
This is a required course for PhD-seeking students. This course focuses on the development of the fundamental skills required for making effective presentations in both a classroom and research context.

GCBA 812 HUMAN NEUROANATOMY, 4 cr.
This course consists of a study of neuronal organization of the nervous system and the way interneuronal relationships explain the function of th sensory and motor systems. Prereq: Permission of instructor, staff.

GCBA 815 INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP ON BIOINFORMATICS, 1 cr.
The main objective of this course is to provide an overview of the most commonly used data analysis tools for various bioinformatics-related tasks. Major topics include using BLAST tools for database searching, pair-wise and multiple sequence alignments, microarray data analysis, etc. Prereq: Some training in biology

GCBA 823 FUNDAMENTALS IN GENETICS, 2 cr.
This course includes a 10 lecture introduction to basic concepts in genetics as well as the current tools and technologies used in molecular genetics research. The introduction is followed by an independent study focusing on an instructor-approved topic in genetics. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

GCBA 826 HUMAN HISTOLOGY, 3 cr.
A study of cells, fundamental tissues and organ systems at both the light and ultramicroscopic levels. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

GCBA 830 FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRON MICROSCOPY, 2 cr.
Instruction in the general theory and techniques of electron microscopy, including special methods involved in fixation, embedding, sectioning, and staining of specimens. Prereq: GCBA 826 and permission of instructor.

GCBA 832 FUNDAMENTALS OF CELL AND TISSUE CULTURE, 2 cr.
Instruction in the methods and applications of in vitro cell and tissue culture.
Lect. 1cr, Lab 1 cr. Prereq: GCBA 826 and permission of instructor.

GCBA 880 PRINCIPLES AND METHODOLOGIES OF CANCER RESEARCH, 3 cr, I
(CRGP 880, PAMM 880, PHSC 880, PHAR 880) The course surveys the biology and biochemical mechanisms underlying cancer development, prevention and therapy. Areas included are nutrition, immunology, genetics, oncogenes, growth factors, chemical carcinogenesis, metastasis, chemotherapeutic agents. Prereq: BRTP or equivalent, permission of instructor.

GCBA 881 FUNDAMENTALS IN CANCER BIOLOGY, 2 cr.
This course includes a lecture-based introduction to basic concepts in cancer biology and the current tools and technologies used in cancer research. The introduction is followed by an independent study focusing on an instructor-approved topic in cancer biology. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

GCBA 902A JOURNAL CLUB, 1 cr.
This required course consisted of a weekly Journal Club for graduate students. Prereq: Permission of instructor, staff.

GCBA 912 MODERN APPROACHES IN CELL BIOLOGY AND MOLECULAR GENETICS, 3 cr.
This advanced-level course will focus on current techniques and concepts in cell biology and genetics. This course includes a didactic component as well as discussion section where the students will be asked to present their interpretations and ideas on cutting edge research. Hands on workshops and demonstrations are also conducted weekly. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

GCBA 910 HUMAN GROSS ANATOMY I, 3 cr.
A study of the human body by means of gross dissection, cross section lecture, demonstration, radiographs and scans. Reading in and oral reports from anatomical literature introduces students to research topics. Covers upper limb, head, neck and thorax. Prereq: Permission of instructor, staff.

GCBA 915 ADVANCED WORKSHOP ON BIOINFORMATICS, 1 cr.
The main objective of this course is to provide an overview of the commonly used advanced data analysis tools related to genomics and systems biology research. Major topics include genome assembly and comparative genome analysis, SNPs and SAGE data analysis, functional and structural annotation of protein sequences, biological networks analysis, etc.

GCBA 920 HUMAN GROSS ANATOMY II, 3 cr.
A study of the human body by means of gross dissection, cross section lecture, demonstration, radiographs and scans. Reading in and oral reports from anatomical literature introduces students to research topics. Covers lower limb, pelvis and abdomen. Prereq: Permission of instructor, staff

GCBA 922 NEUROBIOLOGY I, 3 cr.
A presentation of current literature addressing the classical topics in
neuroembryology, neurohistology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology,
neuropharmacology and neuropathology. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

923 ADVANCED TOPICS IN NEUROBIOLOGY, 3 cr.
This is an independent study on instructor and mentor-approved topic in
an area relevant to the students’ thesis research. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

GCBA 924 SELECTED PROBLEMS IN ELECTRON MICROSCOPY, 1-2 cr.
Problems will be selected involving ultrastructure of cells, inter-relationships between
cells and the characteristics of intercellular substances. Emphasis will be on
operation and use of the electron microscope.
Prereq: GCBA 830 and permission of instructor

932 NEUROBIOLOGY II, 3 cr.
This course consists of in-depth discussions on current theory and controversies
relating to the molecular biology of the neuron and function of the central nervous
system. Prereq: GCBA 932 and permission of instructor

GCBA 940 TEACHING PRACTICUM: HUMAN GROSS ANATOMY, 1-2 cr.

GCBA 942 TEACHING PRACTICUM: HUMAN NEUROANATOMY, 1-2 cr.

GCBA 949 TEACHING PRACTICUM: HUMAN HISTOLOGY, 2 cr.
These courses provide a “hands on” teaching experience for students. After taking one of the following courses, Human Gross Anatomy, Human Neuroanatomy or Human Histology, the student serves as a teaching assistant in a subsequent semester for the course he/she has taken. PhD-seeking students are required to take one teaching practicum course.

GCBA 970 SEMINAR, 1 cr.
This required course involves a weekly formal seminar given by visiting scientists, faculty and senior graduate students. Prereq: Permission of instructor, staff.

GCBA 896 RESEARCH OTHER THAN THESIS, 1-6 CR.

GCBA 899 MASTER’S THESIS

GCBA 999 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION



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