Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-301
Formerly listed as: BIOL-31
Ethan R. Graf (Sections 02 and 03)
An analysis of the molecules and molecular mechanisms underlying nervous system function, development, and disease. We will explore the proteins that contribute to the unique structure and function of neurons, including an in-depth analysis of synaptic communication and the molecular processes that modify synapses. We will also study the molecular mechanisms that control brain development, from neurogenesis, neurite growth and synaptogenesis to cell death and degeneration. In addition to analyzing neural function, throughout the course we will also study nervous system dysfunction resulting when such molecular mechanisms fail, leading to neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disease. Readings from primary literature will emphasize current molecular techniques utilized in the study of the nervous system. Three classroom hours and three hours of laboratory per week.
Requisite: BIOL 191 and CHEM 161. Limited to 24 students. Fall semester. Professor Graf.
If Overenrolled: Instructor discretion