Cell Biology is one of the most dynamic areas in science today. During development, a single cell zygote must undergo numerous divisions to become a multi-cellular organism. In both plants and animals, cell to cell communication and coordination of the cell cycle, as well as cellular division and migration, are vital for normal development. Stem cells follow specialisation pathways to become increasingly committed to differentiation, and transformation into specialised cells that group together to form the variety of tissues that make up animals and plants. In this unit you will investigate, the diversity of cell types, how these different cells interact with each other, how the cell cycle is controlled as well as studying the roles of cellular movement, differentiation and interaction in reproduction and development. In Cells you will develop a deep understanding of the established knowledge base and develop research skills to extend this knowledge. Discussions will incorporate recent advances in cell research including the regenerative potential of stem cells and their use in treatments to replace damaged and diseased tissue. The laboratory program, provides you with hands on training in key techniques such as in vitro cell culture, organelle isolation and experimentation, as well as microscopy. These skills will prepare you for a research pathway and/or a career that includes cell biology.
Two 1-hour lectures; one 4-hour practical per week
3-hour theory exam (60%), quizzes (lectures and laboratory work) (10%), marks for laboratory work (10%), report (20%)
Alberts B., Johnson A., Lewis J., Raff M., Roberts K., Walter P. (2014) Molecular Biology of the Cell (Sixth edition). Garland Publishing Inc., New York and London (ISBN-9780815344643)
BIOL1XX7 or MBLG1XXXProhibitions
BIOL2016 or BIOL2916 or BIOL2929