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PhD Curriculum

First Year Courses

Incoming Program students will take the curriculum of the Molecular Biosciences for the first year. The basic curriculum may be modified on an individual basis for students with advanced standing, who are following a "flexible curriculum" specified by a fellowship program, or who need remedial course work to remedy a deficient background. Such remedial courses will not count in fulfilling degree requirements.

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.