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Common Curriculum Offerings

Fall 2019 Offered

Selected Topics in Immunology & VirologyModuleCourse #Day/Time
Spec Topics in Behavioral & Clinical NeurosciModuleCourse #Day/Time
Introduction to Neuroanatomy (core)1540.1M,F 9-10; W 8-10
Addiction:  Endocrine Mechanisms2540.2M,F 9-10; W 8:30-10
Neuropsychiatric Disease3540.3M,F 9-10; W 8-10
Spec Topics in Cellular & Molecular NeurosciModuleCourse #Day/Time
Classical Membrane Biophysics (core)1542.1M,W 10-11; F 10-12
Receptor Pharmacology2542.2M,W 10-11; F 10-12
Astrocytes and Glia3542.3M,W 10-11; F 10-12
Topics in Biomedical ExperimentationModuleCourse #Day/Time
Evidence-based Methods in Undergraduate STEM Teaching1564.1T,Th 9-10:25


MBioS 548


(Weeks 1-5).  For information, please contact Dr. Santanu Bose


Deconstruction of Research. (Cross listed Neurosci 563: 3 credits).  Deconstruction of Research is based on the premise that construction of new scientific knowledge builds from a foundation of primary evidence that requires critical evaluation through active analysis and productive discourse. Students will learn and understand the nature and development of scientific knowledge transmitted through oral and written avenues. Students will learn the necessary skills required for critical analysis of general concepts no matter how familiar or unfamiliar the topic. Dr. Steve Simasko


Topics in Biomedical Experimentation. 1 credit (may be repeated). This course examines the philosophy of experimental design and practical application and analysis of various experimental approaches in biomedical research. Each section (module) is independent of other sections and is taught within a 5 week block. There are three consecutive blocks per semester. The first 5 week block is always Philosophy of Experimental Design and is required of students from programs participating in the iPBS umbrella. 

  • Evidence-based methods in undergraduate STEM teaching
     (Weeks 11-15). This course is designed for graduate students interested in undergraduate STEM teaching. Specifically, by the end of the course graduate students will be able to answer: (1) What does the literature tell us about how people learn, (2) How do we assess student learning, and (3) How do we leverage research to facilitate learning? Discussions of readings and assignments will help students develop (1) a robust, evidence-based teaching philosophy suitable for job applications and (2) an understanding of what facilitates learning in STEM.  Dr. Erika Offerdahl

NEUROSCI 540 Special Topics in Integrative Neuroscience

  • Introduction to Neuroanatomy (core)
    (Weeks 1-5).  This course will provide graduate students with a high-level overview of nervous system anatomy seen through the lens of modern imaging, tract-tracing and functional techniques. Readings of the primary literature and discussions will reinforce the importance of understanding neuroanatomy in the greater context of neuroscience. Dr. Heiko Jansen 
  • Addiction:  Endocrine Mechanisms
    (Weeks 6-10). During this course students will: Survey the ability of feeding peptides to engage behavioral mechanisms that promote seeking, craving and dependence constructs that collectively contribute to the cycle of addiction. Dr. Jon Davis (coordinator), Dr. Ryan McLaughlin, Dr. Rita Fuchs


NEUROSCI 542 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience

  • Classical Membrane Biophysics (core)
    (Weeks 1-5).  This course will provide an introduction to how excitable cells of the nervous system (neurons) use membrane transporters and ion channels to generate a membrane potential, generate and sculpt electrical currents, fire action potentials, and communicate with each other via synapses. The course will then explore how these processes integrate and interact with the structure of neurons and glial cells to form a functional nervous system. The course will also explore the various tools and techniques that are currently used to study such processes. Dr. David Rossi
  • Receptor Pharmacology

 (Weeks 6-10).  In this course students will learn how to biochemically characterize drug-receptor interactions and how the insights from this analysis can lead to a deeper understanding of the nature of receptor activation and function. Such insight is critical for a deep understanding of cell signaling, as well as understanding drug action whether it is used therapeutically or as an investigational tool. In the final week, we will examine a receptor system of the students’ choosing.    Dr. Steve Simasko

  • Astrocytes and Glia
    (Weeks 11-15). Tentative   Dr. David Rossi (coordinator), Dr. Ilia Karatsoreos, Dr. Gary Wayman

Fall 2017 Offered