Genetics and Molecular Mechanisms in Neurobiology
Course Number: NEURL-UA 302
Prerequisites: NEURL-UA 220 (Behavioral & Integrative Neural Science) and Molecular and Cellular Biology I (BIOL-UA 21)
This course will illustrate the genetics and molecular mechanisms used by the brain. We will discuss the types of molecular mechanisms and genetics that the brain cells, including neurons and glia, use to accomplish brain functions. We will particularly discuss these mechanisms in the context of development and memory where molecular mechanisms and genetics have been extensively studied. We will focus on research work done with fruit flies, rodents, and humans and study technical approaches that are currently used to address outstanding research questions. A special emphasis will be given to understanding why specific experiments were done and how to design experiments that will answer outstanding questions about the neurobiology of the brain.