Molecular Neurobiology

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Amherst College

(Offered as BIOL 301 and NEUR 301.)  An analysis of the molecules and molecular mechanisms underlying nervous system function, development, and disease.  We will explore the proteins that contribute to the unique structure and function of neurons, including an in-depth analysis of synaptic communication and the molecular processes that modify synapses.  We will also study the molecular mechanisms that control brain development, from neurogenesis, neurite growth and synaptogenesis to cell death and degeneration.  In addition to analyzing neural function, throughout the course we will also study nervous system dysfunction resulting when such molecular mechanisms fail, leading to neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disease.  Readings from primary literature will emphasize current molecular techniques utilized in the study of the nervous system.  Four classroom hours and three hours of laboratory per week.

Requisite:  BIOL 191 and CHEM 161.  Not open to first year students. Limited to 24 students. Fall semester.  Professor Graf.

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Multiple required components--lab and/or discussion section. To register, submit requests for all components simultaneously.
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You must take one section for each of the following coreqs : BIOL-301F,BIOL-301L
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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Molecular Neurobiology
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Ethan Graf MWF 10:00AM-10:50AM MERR 403