BMS 660 - Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology

Course Overview

This class is directed reading with discussion, supplemented by reading and discussion of classic papers in the field of Neuroscience.

Course Goals: Understanding of neuroscience breakthroughs, including methods, and key discoveries and insights.

Instructional Objectives: Students will be able to critically analyze neuroscience literature

Student Learning Outcomes: Students given research paper will be able to differentiate the breakthroughs in neuroscience and explain why they were breakthroughs, the methods, discoveries, and outcomes.

This class is offered in the Spring.

Topics Covered

  • Ionic basis of the resting potential
  • Ionic basis of the action potential
  • Ion Channels
  • Electrical signaling (pumps etc)
  • Synaptic transmission
  • Vesicle cycle (SNAREs)
  • Neurotransmitter systems
  • Synaptic Plasticity
  • Neurodevelopment Cell fate, cell migration
  • Axon outgrowth and guidance
  • Synaptogenesis
  • Developmental critical periods and Regeneration
  • Visual system
  • The auditory system

Class Instructor

George Murray