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120.627.01 Stem Cells and the Biology of Aging and Disease

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2016 - 2017
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  10:30 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Daniela Drummond-Barbosa
Course Instructor:

a course in biochemistry or molecular biology or cell biology (undergrad or graduate)


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.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will 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
  5. Appraise the possibility of using stem cells therapeutically for the treatment of human disease
Methods of Assessment:

Evaluation of performance in this class is based on class participation, knowledge of reading assignments, presentations to the class and/or short paper. Class participation is an integral part of the grade.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required