This course examines the internal functioning of cells and the interactions involved in multicellular systems. Topics include structure and function of biological macromolecules, membrane transport, organelle function, signal transduction systems, extracellular matrix interactions, cytoskeletal elements, cell motility, cell cycle control, protein sorting and distribution, apoptosis, cancer, and stem cells. Laboratory activities involve the culture of different types of eukaryotic cells and utilize molecular techniques in the study of cell structure and function. The second half of the laboratory is devoted to group projects.
Offered: Fall term
Three hours lecture, three hours lab