Weekly journal club in neurobiology. Students read and discuss original research articles in neurobiology, centered around a specific topic each quarter. Credit/no-credit only. Prerequisite: BIOL 220.
The course will use primary literature to cover various aspects of Developmental and Regenerative Neurobiology, including but not limited to: Stem Cells, Fate Specification, Axon Pathfinding, Migration, Regeneration, and Synaptogenesis. Special emphasis will be placed on techniques used to generate data in Developmental Neurobiology. In pairs, students will present a paper and technique, and will individually write a short paper (2-3 pages). Students will get feedback on their writing and their presentations.
Student learning goals
How to effectively read, analyse, and critique primary scientific literature.
A global view of Nervous System Development.
Better written and oral scientific communication skills.
General method of instruction
The first class will be a lecture given by the instructor. Subsequent classes will be student presentations.
Class assignments and grading
1- Oral presentation and reading questions 2- Class participation 3- Short paper