120.627.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Daniela Drummond-Barbosa
    Pierre Coulombe
  • 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 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.
  • Intended Audience
    Master's students, PhD students, Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Methods of Assessment
    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.
  • Prerequisites
    a course in biochemistry or molecular biology or cell biology (undergrad or graduate)
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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