Course Descriptions

BICH 703. MOLECULAR GENETICS (SPRING)
An advanced course on the biochemistry and molecular genetics of gene expression, gene regulation, and mutation. Current advances in prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems are discussed. 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: Core Curriculum.

BICH 704. TOPICS IN
CELLULAR AND METABOLIC REGULATION (SPRING)
An advanced course on the regulatory mechanisms controlling major metabolic and cellular physiological processes in eukaryotes. 3 credit hours.

BICH 706. MEMBRANE BIOCHEMISTRY (FALL)
This course discusses basic and contemporary literature on the structure and functions of biological membranes and includes topics on membrane dynamics, biogenesis, and transport by or through membrane components. The cytoskeleton and the extracellular matrix are also discussed. 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: Background in cell physiology and/or molecular biology.

BICH 710. SEMINAR IN
BIOCHEMISTRY AND CANCER BIOLOGY (FALL & SPRING)
Discussion of contemporary topics in cancer biology, carcinogenesis, biochemistry, and cell and molecular biology. 1 credit hour.

BICH 712. DIRECTED STUDIES (Faculty) (FALL & SPRING)
Individual instruction designed to meet the specific academic needs of the student. This course may be research or didactic instruction. Up to 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. The grade awarded in this course is S or U if a research course.

BICH 713. ADVANCED CELL SIGNALING (SPRING)
A lecture course covering specialized and contemporary areas of inquiry in cell signaling and molecular biology, consisting of one of three such areas per semester. This course may be taken more than once. 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

BICH 730. CANCER BIOLOGY I (FALL)
A multidisciplinary course designed to expose students to the latest and promising areas of basic and translational research. Molecular mechanisms underlying carcinogenesis and tumor progression and their relationship to clinical aspects of the disease are discussed. Students are required to take a Keystone course in the pathobiology of cancer as an additional requirement for the course. 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

BICH 799. THESIS RESEARCH (FALL, SPRING, SUMMER)
Students are required to conduct original research, culminating in the preparation and defense of a dissertation that is acceptable, at least in part, for publication in a professional journal. 1-12 credit hours.

PHARM 738.  CARCINOGENESIS & CANCER THERAPEUTICS (FALL)
This course will cover the mechanisms underlying the carcinogenic process induced by chemical, viral, or physical agents. Major emphasis will be focused on the mechanisms exploited in developing therapeutic targets for cancer treatment. Lectures on clinical correlates will be presented by clinical oncologists.
3 credit hours.

 
SELECTED TOPICS IN
MOLECULAR VIROLOGY GENE THERAPY AND TRANSGENICS.
Cross-listed in Microbiology and Immunology

MECHANISMS OF CANCER THERAPEUTICS. Cross-listed in Pharmacology

CANB 344. INTEGRATED BIOLOGY OF CANCER
(Offered at Vanderbilt University Medical Center) (SPRING)

BICH 769. MOLECULAR BIOIMAGING
(Offered at Vanderbilt University Medical Center) (SPRING)