C&MP 520a: Current Perspectives in Physiology

Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 SHM B-147

Instructors in charge: Susumu Tomita and Yufeng Zhou
Susumu.Tomita@yale.edu or Yufeng.Zhou@yale.edu.

This seminar course will explore a diverse range of current topics in physiology, emphasizing readings and discussions of recent primary literature. Faculty of the Physiology and Integrative Medicine track will lead discussion and present on-going research in their laboratories, covering topics such as structural biology, membrane transport, signal transduction, sensory systems, exercise physiology. The aim of the course is to understand how physiological approaches integrate the study of organismal function from genes, to systems, to behavior and disease.

Course Requirements

  1. Students must read the assigned papers in preparation for the TUESDAY meeting; one student will be designated as discussion leader each week. Active participation in discussion by all students is expected.
  2. A 2-page (double-spaced) commentary on those papers will also be due on TUESDAY of each week. The paper should reflect your thoughts/ideas that come from reading the assigned papers: what are the next experiments to be done, larger implications of the work, alternative approaches/interpretations, etc.
    * All papers must be sent electronically before the beginning of the Tuesday class; you may skip only one (1) paper and replace (1) paper with a predoctoral research proposal (e.g. NSF).  If you miss more than one paper, you will not meet the requirements for the course.
  3. FINAL: The students will prepare a 10-page final research proposal of realistic (-like) experiments. A final oral presentation of the written proposal is required at the end of the course.

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