Course Director: Rosalia C.M. Simmen, Ph.D.
Office Hours: TBA, email-accessible
Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00-10:30 A.M.; Pasley Conference Room, Biomed 2 (242-2)
This graduate course combines didactic lectures and in-class discussions of scientific papers focusing on the fundamentals of hormone action and signal transduction at the cellular and molecular levels. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding and critical thinking of key mechanisms and experimental approaches in molecular endocrinology with applicability to other areas of biology.
NBDS5111, BIOCH5101 or consent of Instructor.
There is no required textbook. Instructors will post their lecture slides in Blackboard in advance of each class. Reading materials will be primary research papers to be assigned by each Instructor and provided to students at least one week prior to class.
There will be three take-home, open book exams, to be handed out as scheduled and due to the Course Director by 5 p.m, 2 days after the scheduled exam date. The format of the exam will be short answer/essay with focus on critical thinking and experimental design. Points will be distributed equally for each lecture (10 points/lecture). Each exam is worth 80 points.
Each student will select a primary journal article focused on a signaling pathway in an endocrine system. The student’s selected paper should be submitted to the Course Director who will approve the selection for presentation. Students will give a 20 minute oral presentation on their critical review of the paper. The critical review will highlight the key experiments and results drawn from the paper and pose a valid question for developing new directions for future research.
Course grades will be based on the following: Exam 1-80 points; Exam 2-80 points; Exam 3-80 points; Presentation-20 points. Grades will be scaled with the class average set at B.