Program Seminars

The Program has organized several seminars and journal clubs that enable students to interact and exchange ideas.

Research in Progress

Held monthly, these sessions are present by two more senior students who summarize their research for the group.

Cell Biology:  CBIO 601a/b, Molecular and Cellular Basis of Human Disease - Fred Gorelick, Karin Finberg, George Lister, Jonathan Bogan, James Jamieson, and staff.

“The Cellular and Molecular Basis of Human Disease” is a graduate requirement for MD-PhD students and an elective for regular medical students. The course emphasizes the connections between basic science and human physiology as well as diseases and uses lecture and seminar formats. It is designed for students who are committed to considering a career in medical research or students who wish to explore scientific topics in depth. This course parallels the content of the Master Courses in the first and second years of medical school. Topics are often introduced with a short lecture given by eminent faculty who provide excellent role models for your academic careers. The lecture is followed by sessions in which 2 students review relevant manuscripts under the mentorship of a faculty mentor and present the material to the group. Students in the class are encouraged to submit questions to the presenters beforehand concerning techniques and concepts that may not be clear from the papers and which will be addressed during the presentation. In addition, sessions also discuss selection of research topics and obstacles to publishing findings and securing research funding.

Student evaluations are based on attendance, participation in group discussions, and formal presentations. The course runs from October to mid-April and provides graduate credit. The organizational meeting and introduction will be on September 13th at 5 pm, Hope 203. The class will meet on most Thursdays until mid-April from 5-6:30 and provide graduate credit for those who need it. F. Gorelick, J.D. Jamieson, George Lister, Karin Finberg, and Jonathan Bogan are organizers. Alice Lu and Laura Yockey are MD-PhD students and will be our TAs first and second semester, respectively.