Stem Cell Biology -- MSBS5130

flyer This goal of this didactic course is to provide a broad overview of all stem cells and to discuss how the stem cells could be influenced by the tissue microenvironment. The course will cover stem cell development from blastocyst to the somatic stages. Also included, is the development of hematopoietic stem cells beginning at the embryonic to the adult stage. The different types of bone marrow-derived stem cells will also be discussed. The course will cover the science involved in tissue protection and regeneration. Clincal scenarios will be used to explain the scientific points of each topic. For example, the course will take lessons learnt from the field of bone marrow transplantation and then use the information as a framework to discuss today's application of stem cells.

The field of stem cells is rapidly growing. Thus, text books will not be used for the course. The information in text books are likely to be >2 yrs old. Students will be able to download powerpoint slides, which will be updated up to the day of the lecture. The lectures will be recorded and will be available at njms itunes.

Advanced Stem Cell Seminar -- MSBS520A

This course allows the students and instructor to interact. The goal is to provide students with information on the translational landscape of all types of stem cells. The class will be provided with recent publications that are representative of all fields in which stem cells are applied. These fields include but are not limited to hematopoiesis, tissue engineer, drug delivery and cancer. It is expected that the discourse will emphasize the implications to current and future treatment for all clinical disciplines.

Students in MSBS5120 (Monday's class) are encourage to enroll in the advance class. Students who have taken one of the core graduate courses could also enroll in the advance class.

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Biology and Dysfunction -- MSBS N5134

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how dysfunctions in the bone marrow microenvironment and the hematopoietic stem cells could result in clinical abnormalities (diseases). In addition, students will learn how bench research leads to solving hematological problems. All students will benefit from this course: those applying to dental and medical school need the clinical background information and graduate student will begin to appreciate translational science.

Cancer Stem Cells -- MSBS N512

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the field of cancer stem cells and for them to appreciate the need for basic researech to unravel how the field develops. The students will gain insights on translational science, while developing an understanding of the strength of interdisciplinary science. In addition, the students will begin to understand how the general field of stem cell biology can be extrapolated to identify cancer stem cells. By the end of the course the students will learn how to integrate different fields, such as basic biology: biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology with stem cell biology.

The course is offered during summers and will include didactic lectures and discussions of recent literature on cancer stem cells from solid tumors and hematological malignancies. The students are expected to have a background in stem cell biology.