About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for STEM CELLS AND THE BIOLOGY OF AGING AND DISEASE (120.627.01), a course offered by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Focuses on stem cell properties and on the biology of stem cells in the context of normal development, aging, tissue homeostasis, and disease settings including cancer. Also discusses the potential application of stem cells to the treatment of human disease, and emphasizes current literature.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • describe the unique properties of stem cells
  • Explain the similarities and differences in the functioning of stem cells in the male and female reproductive tracts, including the influence of the niche on their functioning
  • Explain how stem cells differ when situated in a low- versus high-turnover tissue setting
  • Describe the changes in stem cells that may lead to cancer, and the causes of these changes
  • Appraise the possibility of using stem cells therapeutically for the treatment of human disease

Course Time

Tue Thu   3:30 PM to 4:50 PM


a course in biochemistry or molecular biology or cell biology (undergrad or graduate)

Intended Audience

Master's students, PhD students, Postdoctoral Fellows

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Evaluation of performance in this class is based on class participation, knowledge of reading assignments, presentations to the class and/or short paper. Class participation is an integral part of the grade.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Daniela Drummond-Barbosa
E-mail: dbarbosa@jhsph.edu