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Instructor Info:Megan Dobro
Office Extension x5541
TA Info:Isaac Marshall
Carlos Vasquez
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Wednesday
01:00 PM - 02:20 PM Cole Science Center 2-OPEN
02:30 PM - 05:30 PM Cole Science Center 2-MOLC

This course will explore the fundamental aspects of cell biology and the experiments that taught us what we know today. Students will design and perform an independent research project using tissue-culturing techniques and write a literature review. 

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. Gain comfort and confidence in the lab
  5. Be able to come up with new ideas for uncovering the remaining mysteries of the cell
  6. Communicate your ideas effectively
Evaluation Criteria:

Course evaluations are based on attendance, punctuality and meeting deadlines, respect for peers, academic honesty, assignment quality, final projects, 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 discussion sections and/or my 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. It is important that you work on your final projects consistently throughout the semester. A last minute final project will be evident and will result in a “no eval”. On the last day of the class, you will turn in a portfolio of all of your work with the feedback, so save everything. 

Additional Info:

Choose One Textbook: 

Essential Cell Biology,4th edition

Bruce Alberts, et al.

Garland Science publisher

Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th edition

Bruce Alberts, et al.

Garland Science publisher

Additional Books:

Power, Sex, Suicide by Nick Lane

Life Ascending by Nick Lane (I will provide this as an audiobook, so you do not need to purchase this book unless you want to read along.)


Research Groups:

Tuesday 3:30-6:30 with Carlos:

Sam, Aidan, Anna, Alee, Adrienne

Wednesday after class with Megan:

Hannah, Schuyler, Jesse, Adam, Julia, Emily

Friday 1-4pm with Isaac:

Aaron, Nicole, Alex, Sophia, Wren