120.627.01 STEM CELLS AND THE BIOLOGY OF AGING AND DISEASE
Focuses on stem cell properties and on the biology of stem cells in the context of normal development, aging, tissue homeostasis, and disease settings including cancer. Also discusses the potential application of stem cells to the treatment of human disease, and emphasizes current literature.
After completing this course, the student should be able to: (1) describe the unique properties of stem cells; (2) explain the similarities and differences in the functioning of stem cells in the male and female reproductive tracts, including the influence of the niche on their functioning; (3) explain how stem cells differ when situated in a low- versus high-turnover tissue setting; (4) describe the changes in stem cells that may lead to cancer, and the causes of these changes; and (5) appraise the possibility of using stem cells therapeutically for the treatment of human disease.
- Tuesday 3:30 - 4:50
- Thursday 3:30 - 4:50
a course in biochemistry or molecular biology or cell biology (undergrad or graduate)