Summer 2019 - MBB 431 D100

Cells and the Environment (3)

Class Number: 3193

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2019: Thu, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 322 and 331, with a minimum grade of C.



The cellular processes at the interface of cells and the environment will be explored in-depth. Through the use of lectures and group discussions and an emphasis on the primary literature, the focus will be on recent developments in molecular cell biology through the study of symbiosis and adaptation.


This course is an exploration into the cellular processes underlying special adaptations in the lives of single-celled eukaryotes (and a few prokaryotes). The course relies on reading primary literature and will consist of overview lectures and class discussions in which we will critically analyze current research papers. A primary goal of the course is to strengthen student ability to read the current literature critically and with perspective. Students will be expected to read up to 2 papers per week, and be prepared to present them in class or discuss them in an informal setting. A background in genetics, developmental and molecular biology is required. We will focus on a few topics and will explore them in depth, emphasizing recent developments.


  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Class Participation 20%
  • Short Essay 30%



We will read review articles and primary research papers.  A basic cell biology textbook may be useful as a refresher on certain topics.

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