CHEM 5801 (3 credits):  Advanced Topics in Signaling Transduction and Cellular Regulation 

Lecture and discussion of current research in signal transduction, emphasizing molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics, including receptors, signaling pathways, control of transcription, DNA replication, mitosis, and cell cycle progression.  

CHEM 5776 or MCDB 7840 : Reponsible Conduct of Research


Students in the program take two formal courses, three credits each, of which one must be CHEM 5801 (see above).  Additional electives listed are of particular interest to students in the program.

CHEM 5801 (3 credits):  Advanced Topics in Signaling Transduction and Cellular Regulation  

CHEM 5341 (3 credits):  Chemical Biology and Drug Design  

Lecture course emphasizing application of chemical techniques and tools to the interdisciplinary study of molecules in living systems.

CHEM 5821 (1 credit): Special Topics in Signaling and Cell Regulation

Journal club for review of literature in signal transduction, transcription, cell cycle progression, and cell differentiation.  

CHEM 5921/MCDB 6440 (3 credits):  Statistics and Computation for Genomes and Metagenomes

Course planned for Spring 2016, with training in interdisciplinary research in mathematics, computer science and biology, with problems in genomics and metagenomics.    

MCDB 5312 (3+1 credits):  Quantitative Optical Imaging

This class explores the fundamentals of optical imaging in biology. Covered topics include an introduction to optics and microscopes, fluorescence microscopy, and an introduction to image analysis and coding in MATLAB. 

MCDB 5615 (3 credits):  Biology of Stem Cells

Course covers the fundamentals of stem cell biology, including properties of stem cells, technology used to identify and study stem cells, current controversies and future directions in stem cell research.  

CHEM 5771 (5 credits):  Advanced General Biochemistry 1  (Biochemistry CORE)

Lecture/discussion on fundamentals of protein and nucleic acid structure, purification, folding, thermodynamics and biophysical methods for measurement.  (Elective for MCDB majors in the program students)

CHEM 5781 (5 credits):  Advanced General Biochemistry 2  (Biochemistry CORE)

Lecture and discussion of cell regulation, including transcription, replication, chromatin structure and modulation, cell cycle regulation, and cell-cell communication. (Elective for MCDB majors students)

MCDB 5220 (3 credits):  Cell Structure and Function – Methods and Logic  (MCDB CORE)

Lecture and discussion of cellular structure and ultrastructure, methods in microscopy and structure determination, with focus on literature review and critical analysis.  (Elective for Biochemistry majors in the programstudents)

MCDB 5230 (3 credits):  Gene Expression (MCDB CORE)

Lecture and discussion of gene regulation and expression, examined by genetics and molecular, cellular and developmental biology, including DNA structure/function, RNA, regulatory proteins, human genetic diseases and gene therapy.  (Elective for Biochemistry majorsstudents)