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Cellular Stress in Physiology and Disease

East Baltimore
4th term
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  10:30 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Jiou Wang

Students should have a background of undergraduate or graduate level coursework in Molecular Biology.


Discuss molecular mechanisms through which eukaryotes maintain cellular homeostasis in response to stress. Examines tress response pathways at the DNA, RNA, and protein levels; topics include stress and transcription, epigenetics, RNA processing, and protein quality control. Organelle-specific stress response, such as ER stress and mitochondrion stress responses, are also discussed. Additionally, examines molecular mechanisms of cellular responses to environmental stimuli, such as heat, osmotic, hypoxic, oxidative, and starvation stressors.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the basics for how cells sense and respond to a wide variety of cellular stress agents and maintain fitness and survival through quality control
  2. Understand the basis for state-of-the-art laboratory approaches to research the molecular and cellular biology of stress and quality control
  3. Examine organelle-specific stress response, such as ER stress and mitochondrion stress responses.
  4. Understand the mechanisms through which cells adapt to heat, osmotic, hypoxic, oxidative, and starvation stresses
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows: 40% mid-term exam, 50% final exam and 10% class participation.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

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