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PhD Curriculum

First Year Courses

Fall Semester:
Biochemistry. 16:115:501. 3 credits. (CORE COURSE)
Concepts of protein biochemistry and metabolism.
Prerequisite: One year organic chemistry. Corequisite: 16:115:502.
Course director: Winkelmann.

Biochemistry (Molecular Biology). 16:115:502. 3 credits. (CORE COURSE)
Concepts of nucleic acid biochemistry and metabolism.
Prerequisite: One year organic chemistry. Corequisite: 16:115:501.
Course director: Kozak. 

Special Topics in Molecular and Cell Biology I. 16:695:611. 1 credit.
Student seminars based on literature in biochemistry and molecular genetics, with emphasis on structure and function of macromolecules.
Corequisites: 16:681:502; 16:695:601.
Course director: Winkelmann.

Quantitative Problems in Biological Sciences. 16:115:615. 2 credits. (CORE COURSE)
Hands-on experience in solving quantitative problems in a workshop format typically encountered in current biological sciences research. Practical applications to laboratory experiments.
Corequisite: Biochemistry and Molecular biology 501
Course director: Niederman.

Lab Rotation in Molecular and Cell Biology I. 16:695:615. 4 credits.
Students participate in research projects in the laboratories of selected faculty members.
Chair of Advisory Committee: Roth

Spring Semester:
Molecular Genetics. 16:681:502. 3 credits. (CORE COURSE)
Prokaryotic and eukaryotic molecular genetics. Bacteria, bacteriophage, yeast, nematodes, Drosophila, plants, and mammals.
Prerequisites: 16:115:501, 502.
Course director: Vershon.

Advanced Cell Biology. 16:695:601. 3 credits. (CORE COURSE)
Molecular analysis of eukaryotic cells, including cell structure, receptors, cell-cell interactions, cytoskeleton, growth, differentiation, and transformation.
Prerequisites: 16:115:501,502. Corequisites: 16:681:502, 16:695:612.
Course directors: Pintar, Walworth.

Special Topics in Molecular and Cell Biology II. 16:695:612. 1 credit.
Student seminars based on literature in molecular cell biology, with emphasis on molecular approaches to cellular structures and activities in eukaryotic cells. Corequisites: 16:681:502; 16:695:601.
Course director: Martin

Ethical Scientific Conduct. 16:115:556. 1 credit.
Introduction to ethical issues of scientific investigation, including intellectual property, plagiarism, conflict of interest, human and animal subjects, and record keeping.
Coure director: Leibowitz

Laboratory Rotation in Molecular and Cell Biology II.  16:695:616. 2 credits.
Students participate in research projects in the laboratories of selected faculty members.

Elective of student's choice, research credits, or a fourth lab rotation plus a 1 credit seminar. 3 credits.