20342 The Cytoskeleton of Eukaryotic Cells

Credits: 3 advanced seminar credits in Life Sciences

Prerequisites: 36 credits in the Sciences, including Biochemistry I and Cell Structure and Function (single-semester format or year-long format). Students must also fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library.

The course is based on a reader edited by Orith Leitner.

The cytoskeleton includes a dense, branching and varied network of protein. All the organelles and some of the cytoplasmic enzymes are connected to this system. This is a very dynamic system which changes during the cell cycle, the differentiation process or as a result of external stimuli. The course introduces the student to the structure and the various functions of the cytoskeleton as well as to the different approaches to studying its components and functions.

Students are required to write a seminar paper on a topic determined by the student and the tutor.