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Melissa Caras
NBIO 450
Seattle Campus

Current Research Literature in Neurobiology

Weekly journal club in neurobiology. Students read and discuss original research articles in neurobiology, centered around a specific topic each quarter. Prerequisite: BIOL 220. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

This course will focus on primary literature in sensory system neurobiology. The reading list is designed to be broad, covering as many different sensory systems as possible. Papers will represent a variety of analyses and techniques, including, but not limited to: neuroanatomy, in vivo extracellular single-unit physiology, pharmacological manipulations, behavior, molecular biology, functional imaging, genetic linkage analyses, and in vitro single channel physiology. Papers will also range from seminal, early pioneering works to current day research.

Student learning goals

Learn how to effectively read, analyze and critique primary scientific literature

Obtain a better global understanding of sensory system organization and function

Improve written and oral scientific communication skills

General method of instruction

Instructor lecture during the first class. Later classes will consist of student presentations and interactive class discussions

Recommended preparation

Intro neurobiology

Class assignments and grading

Students will be graded on oral presentations, a final written assignment and class participation. Students are expected to have read and be prepared to discuss and analyze the assigned paper. Active participation in each class is expected.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Melissa Caras
Date: 03/24/2012