Spring 2015 - MBB 821 G100

Cell and Molecular Biology Colloquium (1)

Class Number: 4008

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 6 – Apr 13, 2015: TBA, TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 331/MBB 331 or equivalent.



Recent research articles on the molecular mechanisms underlying cellular activities will be presented and discussed by students and faculty, with an emphasis on critical analysis of the concepts and experimental design and methods. A student may not take more than 3 units of Cell and Molecular Biology Colloquium courses, including BISC 821, 822, 823. Students who have taken BISC 821, 822 or 823 may not receive credit for this course.


In this seminar course, recent research articles will be analyzed to provide an up-to-date understanding of the molecular mechanisms regulating cellular responses. Students will present papers that describe novel findings pertaining to cellular dynamics, structure, or regulation. Student seminars will focus on critical analysis of the concepts and experiments reported in the chosen paper. Students will select research articles in consultation with the instructor.


  • Oral presentations 50%
  • Class discussion 50%



None; material to be covered will be drawn directly from primary literature.

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