Graduate courses offered by this department



Molecular Medicine of the Heart, CBMM 5350Q, (3 Credits)

Course Director: Gopal Babu

The course will address the mechanisms of heart function and dysfunction in an integrated approach including morphology, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology and the basics of cardiovascular disease.  The course will include invited guest speakers from other medical schools who are prominent clinician-scientists and who practice clinical cardiology and perform basic science research. The following topics will be covered:Structure of the heart, Physiology and electrophysiology, Role of calcium in muscle contraction, Metabolism, Signaling mechanisms, Gene and protein response to stress in the normal heart, Hypertrophic response: the athlete's heart versus the hypertensive heart, Maladaptation to disease: ischemic injury and infarction, End-stage of disease: heart failure, treatment and Clinical correlate to hypertrophy and heart failure.

2015 CBMM5350Q Course Information


Practical Approaches to Studying Protein Function, CBMM 5002Q, (2 Credits)       

Course Directors: Maha Abdellatif & Danish Sayed

The objective of this course is to advance our current knowledge of methods used to study protein function, especially, during disease conditions. The students will be introduced to latest techniques that are being used in research laboratories. By the end of the course the student will be able to design experiments to study protein of interest or novel proteins using various in vitro and in vivo models

2015 CBMM5022Q Course Information


Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, CBMM5020, (3 Credits)

Course Director: Diego Fraidenraich

The goal of this course is to provide students with an introduction to a wide range of concepts in the field of developmental biology and stem cells. Topics will be covered on a weekly basis and each session will be taught by an expert in that specific area. The course will begin with basic concepts of human development. The course will then move into animal models, key transcription factors and morphogens, which are required for proper development. Congenital disease and abnormal development induced by teratogens will be an important topic of the course. Finally, an introduction to embryonic, adult and cancer stem cells will be taught, with emphasis on the state-of-the-art induced pluripotent stem cells.


Fundamentals B: Cell Biology, GSND N 500D, (3 Credits)

Course Director: Diego Fraidenraich

The lecture series provides an overview of important concepts in cell biology. Students are introduced to basic cellular structure and function. Topics include: an introduction to the techniques used for studying cell biology, biomembranes, cell compartments, exocytosis and endocytosis, the nucleus, cell cycle and apoptosis, cell signaling, cytoskeleton, extracellular matrix, angiogenesis, wound repair, cell surface specializations and junctions, and basic tissue biology of epithelia, connective tissue, cell biology of cancer, cardiac tissue, stem cells, development, genetic modification of a cell/organism, gene expression and immunology.


Thesis Research (5 Credits PT, 10 Credits FT)

Course Director: Faculty


Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, CBNP5068Q, (3 Credits)

Course Director: Yongkyu Park

The course "Molecular Mechanisms of Disease" covers the following areas: 1) Cancer 2) Aging associated changes and 3) Cardiovascular diseases etc. In this course we will introduces the use of baker's yeast, flies, zebrafish, and mouse as model systems to understand the diseases development at a molecular and cellular level. The course starts with an overview about the various model systems and is followed by several mechanistic topics including angiogenesis, autophagy, apoptosis, cellular calcium metabolism, chromatin modifications, and DNA-specific processes (chromosomal and mitochondrial DNA) in cancer, aging, cardiovascular and mitochondrial diseases.

2015 CBNP5068Q Course Information

Lecture 2/2/15 by Dr. Park

Lecture 2/9/15 by Dr. Ivessa

Lecture 2/23/15 by Dr. Matsuda

Lecture 3/2/15 by Dr. Leibovich

Lecture 3/9/15 by Dr. De Lorenzo

Lecture 3/16/15 by Dr. Yan

Lecture 3/30/15 by Dr. Katsunori Sugimoto

Lecture 4/6/15 by Dr. Del Re

Lecture 4/13/15 by Dr. Fraidenraich

Lecture 4/20/15 by Dr. Babu

Lecture 4/27/15 by Dr. Oka

Lecture 5/5/15 by Dr. Sayed

Lecture 5/12/15 by Dr. Xie