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PCB 3023 – Essential Cell Biology

Credits: 3

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of molecular cell biology in prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems including experimental strategies and methodology. This course provides a strong foundation for Biology and pre-health profession students, and is appropriate for anyone interested in the inner workings of cells. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: biophysical principles of macromolecular assembly, membrane and protein trafficking, the cytoskeleton and cell movement, cell signaling mechanisms, and the cell cycle.


Fluorescent image of fibroblasts grown in vitro. Image shows the microtubules (green) and nucleus (red).







Scanning electron micrograph of the surface of a leaf showing distorted epidermal hairs on an Arabidopsis plant that carries a mutation in a subunit of the WAVE/Scar complex. This conserved protein complex regulates the Arp2/3 complex, which initiates the polymerization of actin monomers into actin filaments in cells.