Sophomores, please read me: If you consider yourself a Sophomore in academic year 2021-22 and the IntroSems' VCA shows you in a different cohort (i.e., Frosh or Junior), please make a note of your correct cohort within your statement of interest. It is not possible to change the cohort field in the IntroSems' VCA, but the instructor will see your note when they build their class.
IntroSems quarters and schedules subject to change--check back often. Visit Re-Approaching Stanford for the latest updates on Academic Year 2021-22.
Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Intracellular Trafficking and Neurodegeneration
This course is an introduction to cell biology of degenerative diseases. We will build from basic cell structures and functions through essential elements of the intracellular trafficking system that maintains exchanges of materials and information inside the cells to clinical features and pathologies of neurodegenerative diseases. We will also introduce basic techniques for examining cellular/subcellular structures, especially cytoskeletons, and discuss functional insights generated from structural exploration. A hands-on laboratory opportunity will be considered for students to perform microscopic examination on cells and visualize cytoskeletal structures. Students have the opportunity to continue their research in projects after the course is completed. The class is recommended for students who have some previous knowledge of biology.