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.