Fall 2020

Cell and Molecular Disease Mechanisms

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-340

Moodle site: Course


Marc A. Edwards (Section 01)


This is an advanced cell/molecular biology course that will introduce students to translational research, which seeks to bridge our knowledge of disease mechanisms to the development of therapeutic strategies. We will investigate the cellular and molecular pathophysiology of  HIV/AIDS, Glioblastoma Multiforme, and Diabetes. Students will engage with scientific literature with a focus on recent innovations in cellular and molecular techniques. We will explore how these techniques provide insight into disease mechanisms and drive therapeutic innovation. There will be two eighty-minute discussions per week, and occasional guest lectures from subject matter experts. This course will be conducted in-person. On-line components are available, as needed, supported by appropriate technology.  Options for online-only participation will be available for those students unable to participate in person.

Requisite: BIOL 191, and at least one additional Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, or Chemistry course at the 200 level or above, or by special permission of the instructor. Limited to 18 students. Fall semester. Professor Edwards.

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to declared biology majors and by seniority.


Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Community Based Learning, Online Only


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2020