About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF CELLULAR STRESS AND QUALITY CONTROL (120.606.01), a course offered by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Examines stress sensing and response pathways at the DNA, RNA, and protein levels, covering transcriptional regulation, RNA processing, and protein quality control. Also discusses Organelle-specific stress responses at the level of the endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria are also discussed. Disseminates course material through formal lectures and discussions of literature. Local JHU scientists highlight each topic by presenting ongoing laboratory research, a “meet the expert” opportunity.

Course Learning Objectives

This course will prepare you to be able to do the following:

  • Describe the basics for how cells sense and respond to a wide variety of cellular stress agents and maintain fitness and survival through quality control.
  • Understand the basis for state-of-the-art laboratory approaches to research the molecular and cellular biology of stress and quality control.
  • Gain an appreciation of cutting edge research conducted at JHU on cellular stress and quality control.

Course Time

Tue Thu   10:30 AM to 11:50 AM


Students should have a background of undergraduate or graduate level coursework in Molecular Biology.

Intended Audience

Ph.D and master students geared towards laboratory research

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: This course is evaluated as follows: 40% mid-term exam, 50% final exam and 10% class participation.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Jiou Wang
E-mail: jiowang@jhsph.edu