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.
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Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Mitochondrial Transport and Function in Neuronal Health and Death
As our population continues to grow older, age-dependent neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and ALS are becoming more prevalent and thus pose a danger to public health nationwide. Effective treatments are desperately needed, however, we still know very little about how neurons die in those diseases. One organelle that is especially important to neuronal health is mitochondria, the power plant for the cell. In this IntroSem, we will learn how neurons employ molecular machinery to regulate, transport, and distribute mitochondria, and importantly, how these fundamental regulations are compromised in neurological disorders. Students will participate in hands-on labs to learn imaging mitochondrial transport in live cells using confocal microscopy, sample preparation, and dissection.