|Teacher/Coordinator: Dr William D. Phillips|
Classes: Three 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial slot per week.
Assessment: One 2-hour exam, one 2000-word report and a report plan arising from a mentored research project (100%)
Textbooks: Alberts, B. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 5th edition. Garland Science.
|The aim of this unit of study is to examine key cellular processes involved in the growth, maintenance and reproduction of human life. Processes to be studied include the regulation of cell division and differentiation in developing and adult tissues, the regulation of body fluids through ion transport across epithelia, mechanisms of hormonal and nervous system signalling and the regulation of muscle contraction. Lectures will relate the molecular underpinnings to physiological functions: our current interpretation of how ion channels, hormone receptors and synaptic interactions mediate tissue function and human life. The significance of these molecular mechanisms will be highlighted by considering how mutations and other disorders affect key proteins and genes and how this might lead to disease states such as cancer, intestinal and lung transport disorders and osteoporosis. Please see the Physiology website for details of mentored Advanced research topics.It is highly recommended that this unit of study be taken in combination with PHSI3906|