Advanced Molecular and Cell Biology I

Numbering Code G-BIO11 51016 LE68 Year/Term 2022 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year Master's students Target Student
Language English Day/Period Fri.2
Instructor name HARADA HIROSHI (Graduate School of Biostudies Professor)
KUMETA MASAHIRO (Graduate School of Biostudies Assistant Professor)
KENGAKU MINEKO (Institute for Advanced Study Professor)
SAKAMAKI KAZUHIRO (Graduate School of Biostudies Associate Professor)
NAM,Jin Min (Graduate School of Biostudies Associate Professor)
HEJNA, James (Graduate School of Biostudies Specially Appointed Professor)
WATANABE NAOKI (Graduate School of Biostudies Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This will be a long-distance lecture course together with National Taiwan University and Tsukuba University. The lectures are composed of 1 hour lecture, and 30 minutes students' presentation of a paper related to the lecture subject. Special emphases will be on the biologists' way of thinking as well as the basic concepts on the gene/protein structure and function.
1. Logic and basic concepts in biology:How does a biologist work and what does a biologist know?
2. Methods in biology:What kinds of technique does a biologist employ?
3. Specific topics deal with the cell structure, function, and the responses against environments.
Course Goals Getting used to the lectures in English (i.e. comprehension, presentation and discussion). Students are expected to gain knowledge on modern cell and molecular biology and on presentation skills.
Schedule and Contents The lectures are scheduled on Friday, 10:30~12:00 a.m.
Course schedule:
(1) Transcription
(2) Transcription regulation in plants
(3) Post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression
(4) Cellular responses and adaptation to environmental factors: development
(5) Regulation of gene expression: Small RNA mediated gene silencing in animals
(6) Cellular responses and adaptation to environmental factors: Non-material stimulations
(7) Cellular responses and adaptation to environmental factors: Cell death
(8) Cellular responses and adaptation to environmental factors: Cell migration
(9) Cellular responses and adaptation to environmental factors: Cancer malignancy
(10) How to see and think individual molecules inside cells
(11) Advanced technology for analyzing intercellular communication
(12) Genome structure and function in prokaryotes
(13) Bacterial signaling via two component system
(14) Plant biotechnology
(15) Feedback
Evaluation Methods and Policy Grading will be primarily based on attendance (80%) and presentation (20%).
Further details will be announced in the first lecture.
Course Requirements Open-minded students who are willing to speak English in the class are welcome.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students assigned to presentations should prepare powerpoint files.
Textbooks Textbooks/References As for presentations in English, an English native professor can advice students beforehand.
References, etc. Reference books will be suggested in the class