An advanced examination of neurons and synapses at the cellular, molecular, and genetic levels. Topics include the cellular structure of neurons and glia, neurogenesis, synaptogenesis, the molecular basis of neuronal transmission and memory, and the genetics of behavior. Special attention is paid to current issues such as stem cell transplantation, neuronal regeneration, and neurological disorders. Weekly laboratory sessions emphasize methods to visualize neuronal morphology, growth cone dynamics, and/or synapses.
Bio 111 (Molecules, Genes, & Cells) and completion of at least one of the following upper level courses: Bio 301 (Genetics), Bio 304 (Molecular Bio), Bio 306 (Developmental Bio), Bio 308 (Cell Bio), Bio 309 (Genomics), and Bio 331/Psy 303 (Behavioral Neuroscience).