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Courses offered in Cell Biology and Anatomy

  • Advanced Female Reproductive Biology (MCBA 763)
    This course is primarily a literature based course designed for graduate students with research interests in women's reproductive biology. Topics covered include the menstrual cycle of women and estrous cycles of various animals, hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, ovarian steroidogenesis, pregnancy, and gonadal development. Specific disease topic covered are tailored to the student's interest may include infertility, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, endometriosis, and fibroids.
  • Cardiovascular Science (BMSC 730)
    This course is designed for graduate students who have an interest in cardiovascular system. The course largely relies on primary scientific literature. Topics covered in the course include basic cardiovascular development and physiology as well as congenital cardiovascular defects and specific pathologies of the cardiovascular system including myocardial infarction, hypertension, atherosclerosis, valve disorders and others. Discussions are also included that center around detection and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Human Embryology and Gross Anatomy

    The primary goal of Medical Embryology and Gross Anatomy (MEGA) is to provide students with a basic understanding of the gross anatomy, embryology and radiologic imaging of the entire human body. This course prepares students to apply anatomy and embryology concepts to the clinical sciences, and to apply radiologic imaging toward the diagnosis of clinical disorders. MEGA is an intense, integrated 16-week regionally based curriculum with dissections, peer teaching and learning, as well as self-directed active learning forming the basis for the laboratory.  Additional lectures in embryology and imaging provide a clinical foundation for the remainder of the student's medical education.  

  • Medical Microscopic Anatomy
    The structure of cells, tissues, and organs is studied, and the functional significance of their morphological features is presented.  Laboratory materials offer firsthand observations of structures in human, non-human primates, and other mammalian tissues through the study of digitized static labeled images and digitized images that are virtual slides when viewed using your laptop computer as a "virtual microscope."  Students are expected to learn to "read" images in order to identify specific structures, cells, tissues, and organs and to integrate basic concepts and principles of microscopic anatomy and histophysiology as they pertain to clinical medicine.  Learning experiences are intended to foster critical thinking skills about contemporary topics that correlate basic science studies with clinical problems.  The course provides the structural basis to understand principles to be learned in biochemistry, physiology, pathology, and internal medicine.