Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology Program Graduate Courses

The Medical Sciences program offers the courses on this page for graduate students. Most courses require permission of course instructor.

This course provides a systematic study of human anatomy and how this anatomy may be examined with medical imaging. Lecture explores the anatomy and medical imaging of the following systems: skeletal, cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive. Lab uses models, skeletal materials, and computerized/digital medical imaging examples. (Offered every other spring semester.)

Includes gross anatomy, embryology, and histology of the organ systems. Explores developmental processes (embryology) and microscopic-to-macroscopic structural organization of the human body. Course is subdivided into didactic (lecture) and lab (both histology and gross anatomy) components. Cadaveric dissection and virtual microscopy, along with medical imaging, are utilized.

This course takes students through a series of exercises that expose them to various forms of communication—from writing an abstract to preparing figures for papers versus posters versus talks and to talking about their science both to a scientific audience and to the lay public.

This course gives students a strong fundamental understanding of proper experimental design and commonly used research methods. The course is taught by critically evaluating common cellular and molecular biology techniques and by critiquing primary literature that utilizes these techniques. Recurring themes include hypothesis development, appropriate controls, biological versus technical replicates, troubleshooting, analysis of data, statistics, and presentation of data. Students learn how to evaluate and learn new protocols as well as evaluate experiments presented in primary literature.

Does the US provide the best health care in the world? What is Obamacare and why has it caused such a furor? Why is the US the only developed country that does not offer universal health insurance to its citizens? What is health care like in Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany? Taught by a physician, this course explores the concept of health insurance, reviews the historical development of the American health care system, compares the US system to other countries, and asks if we can envision a health care system that meets society’s practical and ethical obligations to its fellow citizens.

Graduate standing. In this Journal Club course, students take turns presenting new and significant findings relating to cancer biology and physiology. Students are encouraged to present high-impact articles relevant to their thesis research and integrate their own findings into the presentation. May be repeated.

Cancers are genetic diseases produced by mutations in the genes that control cell signaling and cell fate. This class provides an in-depth study of cell signaling and mechanisms by which cell fate is regulated. These concepts will be used to develop a comprehensive understanding of how tumor cells develop, recruit the support from normal cells, modulate the immune system, metastasize and are treated. (Offered every spring semester.)

This course highlights the scientific evidence for precision medicine approaches and covers what is needed to move the concept of precision medicine into clinical practice. As oncology is the clear choice for enhancing the near-term impact of precision medicine, this course focuses on individualized, molecular approaches to cancer. In addition, the course incorporates how findings in the cancer field will provide a strong framework for accelerating the adoption of precision medicine in other disease.

This course is for biomedical sciences graduate students who want to be excellent instructors and classroom researchers. Students learn about pedagogical methods, student learning styles and methods of instructional delivery. Students also learn about the scholarship of teaching and develop a foundation for implementing classroom research and assessment. (Offered every other spring semester.)

Course covers biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, early embryology and basic tissue histology. Emphasizes foundational underpinning of concepts integral to the disciplines of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, histology, and medical genetics, especially how they relate to the practice of medicine. Course consists of lecture, small group sessions, and labs.

Includes neuroanatomy and aspects of neuropharmacology, neuropathology, neurology, and psychiatry. Provides a comprehensive introduction to the structure, function and disorders of the human nervous system. Using an organ system-based approach, this highly multidisciplinary course integrates a strong foundational basic science framework (neuroanatomy, systems neurophysiology, neuroembryology, neuropharmacology and neuropathology) with clinical neurology and psychiatry. Students acquire the medical knowledge and problem-solving skills necessary to diagnose, describe and treat patients with a broad range of acquired and congenital neurologic and psychiatric diseases, syndromes, and pathologies seen commonly in clinical practice.

Independent research in thesis laboratory.

Includes aspects of physiology, pathology, and pharmacology. Students’ knowledge of physiological, pathophysiological and pharmacological principles will enable them to describe maintenance of normal physiologic functions and discuss disease states and drug treatments in terms of altered cellular and tissue function.