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Lab in Cell and Molecular Neurobiology
BIOL 250
Spring 2007
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: NS&B 250

In recent years, an explosion of molecular and cellular techniques has revolutionized the way neuroscientists visualize the structure and function of the central nervous system. The goal of this lab course is to introduce students to hot topics in developmental neuroscience and to provide training in some experimental approaches. The topical focus of the course in 2007 will be to examine how epilepsy causes a reorganization of the adult hippocampus. Students will study neural stem cells, neurodegeneration, and hippocampal function by mastering techniques for: growing cell cultures, sectioning brain tissue, and by performing immunocytochemical staining to detect neurogenesis and cell death in the adult hippocampus. In addition, the class will gain experience with behavioral analyses of an animal model of epilepsy. Some class time will also be devoted to design of experiments and formulating testable hypotheses. Upon mastery of basic techniques, students will work in small groups on individual projects and present their research in a poster session. Grades are based on laboratory notebooks, independent project work, poster presentations, and a short written research proposal.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM BIOL
Course Format: LaboratoryGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(CIS)(NS&B)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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