MBMG faculty members participate in two NJMS basic science courses. The Molecular & Genetic Medicine course is a first-year course, and the interdepartmental Infection and Host Response course is a second-year course taught jointly with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
The goal of the course is to lay a foundation for a molecular understanding of normal and disease processes. The MGM course is designed to
Molecular biology brings together biochemistry with genetics and is a cornerstone of all biology and medicine. Biochemistry has long influenced medicine (and vice versa), and advances in human genome research are bringing genetics into clinical practice at an accelerating pace. Cells and organisms develop and function under the direction of the genetic information encoded in their chromosomes and in response to environmental stimuli. Genes are expressed through biochemical pathways, and many of the stimuli are themselves biochemical. Developmental processes and homeostatic responses are implemented through biochemistry. Accordingly, the following topics are covered in the Molecular & Genetic Medicine course:
M. Zafri Humayun, PhD
Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics
Krista Blackwell, PhD
Department of Department of Pharmacology & Physiology
The Departments of Microbiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics and Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine believe that NJMS medical students should become self-learners. As tomorrow's physicians, medical students must be capable of adding to their knowledge through a continuing process of self-education. Based on this premise, the teaching objectives are:
The Infection and Host Response course includes lectures, laboratory exercises, and case discussions. Laboratories emphasize the properties of infectious agents and provide a setting for informal discussion with the faculty. The small group discussions relate microbiological and immunological science to clinical cases. The first part of the course deals with bacterial morphology, normal flora, immunology, immunopathology and inflammation. The second part concerns genetic characteristics of prokaryotic organisms, the chemical basis of disinfection, chemotherapy and pathogen control, and infectious bacterial agents, the diseases they cause and the host's immune response to these infections. The third segment is devoted to the microbiology of eukaryotic pathogens (fungi, protozoa, parasitic worms, and viruses), the infections they cause and the host's immune response.
Stephen Garrett, PhD
Graduate Program Director, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics
Assistant Dean of Curriculum, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Office: Medical Science Building C696
Ian Whitehead, PhD
Professor, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics
Director, NJMS Cancer Center
Office: Cancer Center H1208
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