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Stem Cell Biology M.S.

Stem Cell Institute
Medical School
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Contact Information
Department of Stem Cell Biology Institute, 2001 6th Street S.E., Mail Code 2873, Minneapolis, MN 55455-3007 (612-625-0602; fax: 612-624-2436)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The stem cell biology master's program is a multidisciplinary program that prepares graduates for a career in research, teaching, or industry within the field of stem cell biology. It offers training in stem cell biology, a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field that rests on foundations provided by molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. Students will take lecture, lab, and seminar courses in these various disciplines, in addition to stem cell biology. They will interact with members of the Stem Cell Institute through participation in research seminars and journal clubs. Students who elect Plan A will spend a full calendar year, including summer, conducting research in the laboratory of a stem cell graduate program faculty member. This research will form the basis of the master's thesis. Students who elect Plan B will conduct research of primary literature resulting in a written paper and seminar on a topic in Stem Cell Biology agreed upon in advance by the student and faculty adviser. Part-time students choosing Plan B are expected to take one to two courses per semester and to finish the master's degree within 3 years. Students will not be expected to take courses in the summer.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.20.
A bachelor's degree or foreign equivalent in biological science or a related field.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must upload to the Apply Yourself on-line application website: 1) a personal statement (500 words or less) outlining research interests and long- and short-term goals (NOTE: students applying to Plan A should include information about previous research experience); 2) a curriculum vitae or resume; 3) the names of three individuals whom the student has asked to write letters of recommendation; and 4) unofficial transcripts.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 94
    • Internet Based - Listening Score: 22
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 24
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 22
    • Internet Based - Speaking Score: 26
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 580
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 7.0
    • Listening Score: 6.2
    • Reading Score: 6.2
    • Writing Score: 6.2
    • Speaking Score: 6.2
  • MELAB
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 14 to 16 major credits, 4 to 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 14 to 16 major credits and 14 to 16 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Students must demonstrate familiarity with the tools of research and scholarship in their major field, the ability to work independently, and the ability to present the results of their investigation effectively. In addition to taking courses in two or three semesters, students can choose two paths for completing the degree. Students in Plan A will complete a master's thesis and take an oral exam. Students in Plan B will complete a course which will involve a major written paper and presentation.
Required Courses
All students are required to take these courses.
Required Courses
SCB 5051 - Stem Cell Biology Practical Training Module (1.0 cr)
SCB 5054 - Stem Cell Institute Research Seminar and Journal Club (2.0 cr)
SCB 8181 - Stem Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
Required molecular biology course
At least one of these courses is required.
GCD 4034 - Molecular Genetics and Genomics (3.0 cr)
or BIOC 8007 - Molecular Biology of DNA (2.0 cr)
BIOC 8008 - Molecular Biology of RNA (2.0 cr)
Required courses - at least one of these three is required.
At least one of these courses is required.
GCD 8161 - Advanced Developmental Biology (3.0 cr)
or GCD 8008 - Mammalian Gene Transfer and Genome Engineering (2.0 cr)
or Either 5xxx or 8xxx level Bioethics course, must be approved by SCB program before registration.
Additional Courses for Plan A and Plan B
Plan A
Students must take 10 thesis credits - 5 in spring of year 1 and 5 in fall of year 2 is recommended.
SCB 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
Students may choose elective credits from the following list or other courses in consultation with the program advisor.
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· BIOC 8401 - Ethics, Public Policy, and Careers in Molecular and Cellular Biology (1.0 cr)
· BIOL 4004 - Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
· BMEN 5041 - Tissue Engineering (3.0 cr)
· BMEN 5351 - Cell Engineering (3.0 cr)
· BTHX 5210 - Ethics of Human Subjects Research (3.0 cr)
· BTHX 5325 - Biomedical Ethics (3.0 cr)
· BTHX 5400 - Intro Ethics in Hlth Policy (3.0 cr)
· GCD 5036 - Molecular Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
· GCD 8008 - Mammalian Gene Transfer and Genome Engineering (2.0 cr)
· GCD 8131 - Advanced Molecular Genetics and Genomics (3.0 cr)
· GCD 8151 - Cellular Biochemistry and Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
· GCD 8161 - Advanced Developmental Biology (3.0 cr)
· MICA 8003 - Immunity and Immunopathology (4.0 cr)
· MICA 8004 - Cellular and Cancer Biology (4.0 cr)
· MILI 6235 - Pharmaceutical Industry: Business and Policy (2.0 cr)
· MILI 6726 - Medical Device Industry: Business and Public Policy (2.0 cr)
· MILI 6990 - The Health Care Marketplace (2.0 cr)
· MILI 6995 - Medical Industry Valuation Laboratory (2.0 cr)
· NSC 8211 - Developmental Neurobiology (3.0 cr)
· PHCL 5110 - Introduction to Pharmacology (3.0 cr)
· PHCL 5112 - A Graduate Toolkit I: An Introduction to the Scientific Research Lab (1.0 cr)
· PHSL 5510 - Advanced Cardiac Physiology and Anatomy (2.0-3.0 cr)
· PHSL 8242 - Professional Skills Development For Biomedical Scientists (1.0 cr)
· PSY 5063 - Introduction to Functional MRI (3.0 cr)
-OR-
Plan B
SCB 5900 is a required course for Plan B.
SCB 5900 - Master's Plan B Research Paper and Presentation (2.0 cr)
Students may choose elective credits from the following list or other courses in consultation with their advisor.
Take 14 or more credit(s) from the following:
· BIOC 5213 - Selected Topics in Molecular Biology (3.0 cr)
· BIOC 8401 - Ethics, Public Policy, and Careers in Molecular and Cellular Biology (1.0 cr)
· BIOL 4004 - Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
· BMEN 5041 - Tissue Engineering (3.0 cr)
· BMEN 5351 - Cell Engineering (3.0 cr)
· BTHX 5210 - Ethics of Human Subjects Research (3.0 cr)
· BTHX 5325 - Biomedical Ethics (3.0 cr)
· BTHX 5400 - Intro Ethics in Hlth Policy (3.0 cr)
· GCD 5036 - Molecular Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
· GCD 8008 - Mammalian Gene Transfer and Genome Engineering (2.0 cr)
· GCD 8131 - Advanced Molecular Genetics and Genomics (3.0 cr)
· GCD 8151 - Cellular Biochemistry and Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
· GCD 8161 - Advanced Developmental Biology (3.0 cr)
· MICA 8003 - Immunity and Immunopathology (4.0 cr)
· MICA 8004 - Cellular and Cancer Biology (4.0 cr)
· MILI 6235 - Pharmaceutical Industry: Business and Policy (2.0 cr)
· MILI 6726 - Medical Device Industry: Business and Public Policy (2.0 cr)
· MILI 6990 - The Health Care Marketplace (2.0 cr)
· MILI 6995 - Medical Industry Valuation Laboratory (2.0 cr)
· NSC 8211 - Developmental Neurobiology (3.0 cr)
· PHCL 5110 - Introduction to Pharmacology (3.0 cr)
· PHCL 5112 - A Graduate Toolkit I: An Introduction to the Scientific Research Lab (1.0 cr)
· PHSL 5510 - Advanced Cardiac Physiology and Anatomy (2.0-3.0 cr)
· PHSL 8242 - Professional Skills Development For Biomedical Scientists (1.0 cr)
· PSY 5063 - Introduction to Functional MRI (3.0 cr)
 
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SCB 5051 - Stem Cell Biology Practical Training Module
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Intensive two-week course. Hands-on instruction in techniques of tissue culture. Conventional, fluorescence, and confocal microscopy. Flow cytometry for both analysis of cell populations and sorting of cells. prereq: Acceptance into stem cell biology master's program
SCB 5054 - Stem Cell Institute Research Seminar and Journal Club
Credits: 2.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students attend weekly Stem Cell Institute research seminars and journal clubs, write brief summaries, participate in journal club, and present original research paper. prereq: Acceptance into stem cell biology [master's prog or PhD minor prog] or instr consent
SCB 8181 - Stem Cell Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01725
Typically offered: Every Fall
Stem cell research and its applications. Critical analysis, written summaries/critiques, oral presentations. prereq: [[GCD 4034], [GCD 4161]] or equiv or instr consent
GCD 4034 - Molecular Genetics and Genomics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Molecular genetics and genomics of eukaryotes. Course emphasizes mechanisms of gene regulation and how these are studied. Current strategies used to study the activity and function of genes and genomes, including the role of chromatin, will be covered. Techniques will include gene knockouts/knockdown, genome engineering, genome-wide analysis of RNA and protein expression and function, as well as genome-wide protein binding and chromatin interaction mapping. Technologies covered will include next-generations and third-generation sequencing and CRISPR-based strategies for gene modification and precision gene regulation. Students will analyze and present recent primary papers in molecular genetic and genomics.
BIOC 8007 - Molecular Biology of DNA
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Structure and organization of genes. Replication. Transcription. Epigenetic modification of chromatin. Genome editing. Deep sequencing.Cellular adhesion mechanisms.
BIOC 8008 - Molecular Biology of RNA
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Translation. RNA editing. Epigenetics and long non-coding RNA. MicroRNAs and RNA interference. Pre-mRNA processing.
GCD 8161 - Advanced Developmental Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Current concepts/experimental approaches to basic mechanisms of development. Model organisms. Embryology, cell fate determination, differentiation, pattern formation, polarity, cell migration, cell interactions. Analysis of original research articles. prereq: [BMBB or MCDBconcurrent registration is required (or allowed) in G grad student or GCD4161] or [[GCD 8131 or Biol 4003], Biol 4004, GCD4034]] or instr consent
GCD 8008 - Mammalian Gene Transfer and Genome Engineering
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Current gene transfer and genome engineering technology. Applications of genetic modifications in animals, particularly transgenic animals and human gene therapy. prereq: instr consent
SCB 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Thesis credits: master's
BIOC 8401 - Ethics, Public Policy, and Careers in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Ethics of scientific investigation from viewpoint of western scientific enterprise. Relationship between science, culture, and public policies. Careers in molecular/cellular biology. Nontraditional career tracks. Invited speakers, case studies, small-group discussions, lectures. prereq: Grad student in [BMBB or MCDBconcurrent registration is required (or allowed) in G]
BIOL 4004 - Cell Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01965 - Biol 4004/GCD 4005W
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Processes fundamental to cells. Emphasizes eukaryotic cells. Assembly/function of membranes/organelles. Cell division, cell form/movement, intercellular communication, transport, secretion pathways. Cancer cells, differentiated cells. prereq: - [(CBS major or CSE major) and (BIOL 3020 or BIOL 4003)] or grad MSB
BMEN 5041 - Tissue Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamentals of wound healing and tissue repair; characterization of cell-matrix interactions; case study of engineered tissues, including skin, bone marrow, liver, vessel, and cartilage; regulation of biomaterials and engineered tissues. prereq: CSE upper div or grad student or med student or instr consent
BMEN 5351 - Cell Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Engineering approaches to cell-related phenomena important to cell/tissue engineering. Receptor/ligand binding. Trafficking/signaling processes. Applications to cell proliferation, adhesion, and motility. Cell-matrix interactions. prereq: [2401, [2501 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 5501], [MATH 2243 or MATH 2373]] or CSE upper div or grad student or instr consent
BTHX 5210 - Ethics of Human Subjects Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Issues in ethics of human subjects research. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
BTHX 5325 - Biomedical Ethics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01202
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Major topics/issues in biomedical ethics. Patients' rights/duties, informed consent, confidentiality, ethical issues in medical research, initiation/termination of medical treatment, euthanasia, abortion, allocation of medical resources. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
BTHX 5400 - Intro Ethics in Hlth Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Topics vary to reflect issues of current significance. Relates to law/politics as appropriate but focuses on moral analyses of policy issues. prereq: Grad student or professional student or instr consent
GCD 5036 - Molecular Cell Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Modern, integrative approaches combining cell/molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics to investigate cell organization/function. Membranes, signaling, extracellular matrix, secretion, endocytosis, cytoskeleton, nucleus. Analysis of scientific papers to illustrate new concepts in and experimental approaches to cell organization/function. prereq: Biol 4004 or instr consent; [sr or grad student] recommended
GCD 8008 - Mammalian Gene Transfer and Genome Engineering
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Current gene transfer and genome engineering technology. Applications of genetic modifications in animals, particularly transgenic animals and human gene therapy. prereq: instr consent
GCD 8131 - Advanced Molecular Genetics and Genomics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Literature-based course in modern molecular genetic and genomic analysis. Students will gain a deep understanding of the fundamental molecular mechanisms controlling inheritance in biological systems. Students will gain a facility in thinking critically and creatively about how genes work at cellular, organismal, and transgenerational levels. Course instruction emphasizes active-learning approaches, student presentations, and group projects. prereq: [3022 or BIOL 4003], [BIOC 3021 or BIOC 4331] or instr consent
GCD 8151 - Cellular Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course introduces graduate students to fundamental concepts of Biochemical Unity (Part 1) and Cell Theory (Part 2). For Part 1, we will discuss matter of life, equilibrium, entropy & law of mass action, two state systems, random walks & diffusion, rate equations of chemical reactions, and explore how they relate to regulation of biological networks (gene regulation and signal transduction). For Part 2 we will focus on properties of biological membranes, membrane trafficking, protein import & degradation, nuclear structures and their function, as well as molecular motors, cytoskeletal dynamics, and mitosis. The course assumes students have had previous undergraduate courses in cell biology, biochemistry and genetics. prereq: [[[4034 or 8121 or BioC 8002], Biol 4004] or BMBB or MCDBG grad student] or instr consent
GCD 8161 - Advanced Developmental Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Current concepts/experimental approaches to basic mechanisms of development. Model organisms. Embryology, cell fate determination, differentiation, pattern formation, polarity, cell migration, cell interactions. Analysis of original research articles. prereq: [BMBB or MCDBconcurrent registration is required (or allowed) in G grad student or GCD4161] or [[GCD 8131 or Biol 4003], Biol 4004, GCD4034]] or instr consent
MICA 8003 - Immunity and Immunopathology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Lymphocyte activation, signal transduction in lymphocytes, antigen receptor genetics, antigen presentation, lymphoid anatomy, adaptive immune responses to microbes, immunodeficiency, immunopathology, cytokines, transplantation, autoimmunity. prereq: Upper level undergrad immunology course or instr consent
MICA 8004 - Cellular and Cancer Biology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamental concepts in cellular, molecular, and genetic basis of disease. Molecular basis of inflammation and cancer metastasis. Genetic basis for inherited disorders and gene therapy. Molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis. prereq: [One undergrad or grad course each in [biochemistry, cell biology]] or instr consent
MILI 6235 - Pharmaceutical Industry: Business and Policy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: MBA student
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Business/policy issues specific to pharmaceutical industry. Interdisciplinary perspectives, active involvement by industry leaders.
MILI 6726 - Medical Device Industry: Business and Public Policy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course, with the insight of industry leaders, addresses public-private sector interactions and the business, public policy, regulatory, and technology management issues that concern medical device and biotechnology companies.
MILI 6990 - The Health Care Marketplace
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02186 - MILI 5990/MILI 6990
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of trillion dollar medical industry. Physician/hospital services, insurance, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, information technology. Scale, interactions, inter-relationships, market opportunities, barriers. prereq: MBA student
MILI 6995 - Medical Industry Valuation Laboratory
Credits: 2.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Interdisciplinary student teams create rapid production market analysis of promising medical technologies/services to determine potential for success in market. Exposure to University innovations, venture firms, inventors. prereq: Grad student
NSC 8211 - Developmental Neurobiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
How neuronal types develop. Emphasizes general mechanisms. Experimental data demonstrating mechanisms. prereq: Neuroscience grad student or instr consent
PHCL 5110 - Introduction to Pharmacology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic principles of Pharmacology. Focuses on molecular mechanisms of drug action. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PHCL 5112 - A Graduate Toolkit I: An Introduction to the Scientific Research Lab
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic operating principles/techniques of scientific research lab. Personnel structure, professionalism, authorship/publication. Recombinant protein production/purification, DNA/RNA purification/methods, molecular biology methods, microscopy, model systems/bioinformatics. prereq: instr consent
PHSL 5510 - Advanced Cardiac Physiology and Anatomy
Credits: 2.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamental concepts, advanced topics related to clinical/biomedical cardiac physiology. Lectures, laboratories, workshops, anatomical dissections. Intense, one week course. prereq: instr consent
PHSL 8242 - Professional Skills Development For Biomedical Scientists
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Strategies/mechanics of writing grant proposal. NIH study section of grant review. Scientific presentations, dissecting scientific literature, PubMed/NIHreporter tools. prereq: instr consent
PSY 5063 - Introduction to Functional MRI
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
How to understand and perform a brain imaging experiment. Theory and practice of functional MRI experimental design, execution, and data analysis. Students develop experimental materials/acquire and analyze their own functional MRI data. Lectures/lab exercises. prereq: Jr or sr or grad or instr consent
SCB 5900 - Master's Plan B Research Paper and Presentation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students write research paper based on primary literature on stem cell biology topic of interest, mentored by faculty member. prereq: Admission to stem cell biology master's plan B program
BIOC 5213 - Selected Topics in Molecular Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Cutting edge areas in molecular biology. Topics focus on the "3 R's" of DNA: repair, replication, and recombination. Faculty who are experts in these areas teach modules on specific topics, including discussion of their research interests. prereq: 4332 or 8002 or [3021, BIOL 4003] or instr consent
BIOC 8401 - Ethics, Public Policy, and Careers in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Ethics of scientific investigation from viewpoint of western scientific enterprise. Relationship between science, culture, and public policies. Careers in molecular/cellular biology. Nontraditional career tracks. Invited speakers, case studies, small-group discussions, lectures. prereq: Grad student in [BMBB or MCDBconcurrent registration is required (or allowed) in G]
BIOL 4004 - Cell Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01965 - Biol 4004/GCD 4005W
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Processes fundamental to cells. Emphasizes eukaryotic cells. Assembly/function of membranes/organelles. Cell division, cell form/movement, intercellular communication, transport, secretion pathways. Cancer cells, differentiated cells. prereq: - [(CBS major or CSE major) and (BIOL 3020 or BIOL 4003)] or grad MSB
BMEN 5041 - Tissue Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamentals of wound healing and tissue repair; characterization of cell-matrix interactions; case study of engineered tissues, including skin, bone marrow, liver, vessel, and cartilage; regulation of biomaterials and engineered tissues. prereq: CSE upper div or grad student or med student or instr consent
BMEN 5351 - Cell Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Engineering approaches to cell-related phenomena important to cell/tissue engineering. Receptor/ligand binding. Trafficking/signaling processes. Applications to cell proliferation, adhesion, and motility. Cell-matrix interactions. prereq: [2401, [2501 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 5501], [MATH 2243 or MATH 2373]] or CSE upper div or grad student or instr consent
BTHX 5210 - Ethics of Human Subjects Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Issues in ethics of human subjects research. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
BTHX 5325 - Biomedical Ethics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01202
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Major topics/issues in biomedical ethics. Patients' rights/duties, informed consent, confidentiality, ethical issues in medical research, initiation/termination of medical treatment, euthanasia, abortion, allocation of medical resources. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
BTHX 5400 - Intro Ethics in Hlth Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Topics vary to reflect issues of current significance. Relates to law/politics as appropriate but focuses on moral analyses of policy issues. prereq: Grad student or professional student or instr consent
GCD 5036 - Molecular Cell Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Modern, integrative approaches combining cell/molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics to investigate cell organization/function. Membranes, signaling, extracellular matrix, secretion, endocytosis, cytoskeleton, nucleus. Analysis of scientific papers to illustrate new concepts in and experimental approaches to cell organization/function. prereq: Biol 4004 or instr consent; [sr or grad student] recommended
GCD 8008 - Mammalian Gene Transfer and Genome Engineering
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Current gene transfer and genome engineering technology. Applications of genetic modifications in animals, particularly transgenic animals and human gene therapy. prereq: instr consent
GCD 8131 - Advanced Molecular Genetics and Genomics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Literature-based course in modern molecular genetic and genomic analysis. Students will gain a deep understanding of the fundamental molecular mechanisms controlling inheritance in biological systems. Students will gain a facility in thinking critically and creatively about how genes work at cellular, organismal, and transgenerational levels. Course instruction emphasizes active-learning approaches, student presentations, and group projects. prereq: [3022 or BIOL 4003], [BIOC 3021 or BIOC 4331] or instr consent
GCD 8151 - Cellular Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course introduces graduate students to fundamental concepts of Biochemical Unity (Part 1) and Cell Theory (Part 2). For Part 1, we will discuss matter of life, equilibrium, entropy & law of mass action, two state systems, random walks & diffusion, rate equations of chemical reactions, and explore how they relate to regulation of biological networks (gene regulation and signal transduction). For Part 2 we will focus on properties of biological membranes, membrane trafficking, protein import & degradation, nuclear structures and their function, as well as molecular motors, cytoskeletal dynamics, and mitosis. The course assumes students have had previous undergraduate courses in cell biology, biochemistry and genetics. prereq: [[[4034 or 8121 or BioC 8002], Biol 4004] or BMBB or MCDBG grad student] or instr consent
GCD 8161 - Advanced Developmental Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Current concepts/experimental approaches to basic mechanisms of development. Model organisms. Embryology, cell fate determination, differentiation, pattern formation, polarity, cell migration, cell interactions. Analysis of original research articles. prereq: [BMBB or MCDBconcurrent registration is required (or allowed) in G grad student or GCD4161] or [[GCD 8131 or Biol 4003], Biol 4004, GCD4034]] or instr consent
MICA 8003 - Immunity and Immunopathology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Lymphocyte activation, signal transduction in lymphocytes, antigen receptor genetics, antigen presentation, lymphoid anatomy, adaptive immune responses to microbes, immunodeficiency, immunopathology, cytokines, transplantation, autoimmunity. prereq: Upper level undergrad immunology course or instr consent
MICA 8004 - Cellular and Cancer Biology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamental concepts in cellular, molecular, and genetic basis of disease. Molecular basis of inflammation and cancer metastasis. Genetic basis for inherited disorders and gene therapy. Molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis. prereq: [One undergrad or grad course each in [biochemistry, cell biology]] or instr consent
MILI 6235 - Pharmaceutical Industry: Business and Policy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: MBA student
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Business/policy issues specific to pharmaceutical industry. Interdisciplinary perspectives, active involvement by industry leaders.
MILI 6726 - Medical Device Industry: Business and Public Policy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course, with the insight of industry leaders, addresses public-private sector interactions and the business, public policy, regulatory, and technology management issues that concern medical device and biotechnology companies.
MILI 6990 - The Health Care Marketplace
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02186 - MILI 5990/MILI 6990
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of trillion dollar medical industry. Physician/hospital services, insurance, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, information technology. Scale, interactions, inter-relationships, market opportunities, barriers. prereq: MBA student
MILI 6995 - Medical Industry Valuation Laboratory
Credits: 2.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Interdisciplinary student teams create rapid production market analysis of promising medical technologies/services to determine potential for success in market. Exposure to University innovations, venture firms, inventors. prereq: Grad student
NSC 8211 - Developmental Neurobiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
How neuronal types develop. Emphasizes general mechanisms. Experimental data demonstrating mechanisms. prereq: Neuroscience grad student or instr consent
PHCL 5110 - Introduction to Pharmacology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic principles of Pharmacology. Focuses on molecular mechanisms of drug action. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PHCL 5112 - A Graduate Toolkit I: An Introduction to the Scientific Research Lab
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic operating principles/techniques of scientific research lab. Personnel structure, professionalism, authorship/publication. Recombinant protein production/purification, DNA/RNA purification/methods, molecular biology methods, microscopy, model systems/bioinformatics. prereq: instr consent
PHSL 5510 - Advanced Cardiac Physiology and Anatomy
Credits: 2.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamental concepts, advanced topics related to clinical/biomedical cardiac physiology. Lectures, laboratories, workshops, anatomical dissections. Intense, one week course. prereq: instr consent
PHSL 8242 - Professional Skills Development For Biomedical Scientists
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Strategies/mechanics of writing grant proposal. NIH study section of grant review. Scientific presentations, dissecting scientific literature, PubMed/NIHreporter tools. prereq: instr consent
PSY 5063 - Introduction to Functional MRI
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
How to understand and perform a brain imaging experiment. Theory and practice of functional MRI experimental design, execution, and data analysis. Students develop experimental materials/acquire and analyze their own functional MRI data. Lectures/lab exercises. prereq: Jr or sr or grad or instr consent