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Instructor Info:Megan Dobro
Office Extension x5541
TA Info:Grace Rosen
Office Extension x4533
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Cole Science Center 333
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Cole Science Center 333

Grace's office hours are on Wednesdays from 4-5pm in the Cole Lizard Lounge (3rd floor). Please email her ahead of time if you plan to go.


This course will explore the history of cell biology and the experiments that taught us what we know today. We will read primary literarure about most organelles to study their structure and function, and students will choose one function of the cell to write a mini-review about. We will also spend some time working hands-on with cells and microscopy data, although this is not a lab course.

Course Objectives:
  1. Appreciate the cell as a beautiful, complex system
  2. Be able to read scientific literature critically
  3. Understand how scientists figured out what we know about cells
  4. Be able to come up with new ideas for uncovering the remaining mysteries of the cell
  5. Communicate your ideas effectively
Evaluation Criteria:

Course evaluations are based on attendance, punctuality and meeting deadlines, respect for peers, academic honesty, assignments, final project, and participation in and preparation for class discussions. If you feel you are falling behind on material, it is important that you use the TA and/or professor office hours. You are responsible for contacting me about making up work that you have missed. I will not email you if you missed class to tell you what you missed.

On the last day of the class, you will turn in a portfolio of all of your work, so save everything. Please include a table of contents and your work in sequential order according to the dates they were turned in. Please include the copies of your work that contained my feedback. 

Additional Info:


Essential Cell Biology, 3rd edition

Bruce Alberts, et al.

Garland Science publisher

2nd edition is cheaper and is okay to use, but the information is 10 years old, so if you’re going to use it seriously as a reference, the extra money is worthwhile.