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Cancer Biology

East Baltimore
4th term
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Jennifer Kavran

Students should have taken a college level molecular biology, cellular biology or biochemistry class.


Designed for students who want to understand cancer at the molecular level.

Explores some of the key molecular and cellular aspects of the biology of cancer. Topics include cancer genetics, DNA damage, and cell signaling pathways including RAS and Epidermal Growth Factor Receptors. Additionally, covers a select set of current research areas that aim to further the understanding and treatment of cancer. Learning objectives emphasize how these molecular mechanisms are regulated, contribute to oncogenesis, and can be targeted therapeutically.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Recognize and discuss the hallmarks associated with cancer
  2. Appreciate how genetics contributes to cancer
  3. Understand the contribution of genetics to cancer progression as well as the dual roles of DNA damage for both cancer progression and treatment.
  4. Understand how signal transduction pathways contribute to cell growth, cancer, and can be targeted therapeutically
  5. Become familiar with emerging areas of cancer research and treatment
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Assignments
  • 80% Exam(s)

Enrollment Restriction:

Undergraduates prohibited from enrolling in this course.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for undergraduate students and students outside JHSPH.

For consent, contact: