First Year Curriculum 2017-12-08T12:25:31+00:00

Curriculum: First Year Curriculum:

 

Coursework: 
In the first year of the GEMS program, students will take a core curriculum that will provide them with a strong base in the fundamentals of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology and integrated physiology.In the second semester, students will be able to pursue their own interests and choose from among several core courses that span a variety of advanced topics. In the first year students will also have the opportunity to take four methods modules of their choice. In addition,students must take GC 401(CRN- 12214) – Scientific Integrity and Responsible Research early in their graduate school career. Some students will also have to take GC 470 (CRN- 12215 ) – Essentials for Animal Research if their research involves animals.

Research Rotations: 
An integral part of the new interdepartmental graduate program in the College of Medicine, GEMS, is the student research experience. As part of the new program we have students do 3 research rotations in the various academic departments associated with the GEMS program. These rotations not only provide students with valuable hands-on laboratory experience, but also allow them to make an informed decision about which laboratory to join for their PhD. research project.

   Rotation Schedule for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

I       Mon. Oct. 9, 2017 – Fri. Dec. 1, 2017

II       Tues. Jan. 16, 2018 – Fri. March 2, 2018

III       Mon. March 5, 2018 – Fri. May 4, 2018

Additional Experiences:
While participating in research rotations, first year students attend journal clubs and research seminars in the department where they are doing their rotation.

Semester I – Fall:

Core Courses (3 required)

Physiology  – GEMS 500 (3 credits)
Course Director:  S. Popov

TR, 9:00 AM – 10:25 AM; CoMRB 1020

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CRN (course reference number) 41419

Biochemistry – GEMS 501 (3 credits)
Course Director:  M. Simonovic

MWF, 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM; MBRB auditorium (rm. 1017)

CRN 41420

Molecular Biology – GEMS 502 (3 credits)
Course Director:  M. Frolov

TR, 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM; CoMRB 1020

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CRN 41421

Cell Biology – GEMS 503 (3 credits)
Course Director: Kishore Wary

MWF, 9:30 AM- 10:20; MBRB auditorium (rm. 1017)

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CRN 41422

Also Required

Research Methods I – GEMS 504 (1 – 2 credits)
Course Director: K. Volz

MBRB auditorium (rm. 1017)

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CRN 41423

 

Module I – Spectroscopic and Structural Biology Methods (1 credit)

Coordinator: Bernie Santarsiero

Time: TR, 1:30 – 2:30 pm and 2:45 – 3:45 pm (see schedule on Blackboard)

19 Lectures

Module II – Welcome to Omics (1 credit)

Coordinator: Stefan Green

Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm

16 Lectures

Module III – Biostatistics  (1 credit)

Coordinator: Karl Volz

Time: TR, 1:30 – 2:30 pm  (see schedule on Blackboard)

14 Lectures

 

GEMS Research Rotation – GEMS 506 (2 credits, one rotation)

Course Director: B. Merrill

CRN 41424

 

Semester II – Spring:

Core Courses (2 required)

Integrative Biology: Development, Cancer, Immunology – GEMS 510 (3 credits)

Course Directors: D. Ucker, A. Tyner, and P. Raychaudhuri

MW, 10:00 – 11:30 AM; CoMRB auditorium (rm. 1020)

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CRN  40342

Molecular Genetics – GEMS 511 (3 credits)
Course Directors: A. Katzen, N. Freitag

TR, 9:30 – 11:00 AM; MBRB auditorium (rm. 1017)

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CRN  40343

Pathobiology of Cancer – GEMS 512 (Same as PATH 511) (3 credits)
Course Director: M. Bosland
F, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM; Location TBA
CRN 40344

 

Receptor Pharmacology and Cell Signaling – GEMS 515 (3 credits)
Course Director: Andrei Karginov

MW, 2:30 – 4:00 PM; CoMRB 4175

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CRN 40345

Translational and Applied Physiology – PHYB 552 (3 credits) Course Director: J. Kennedy

TR, 9:30 – 11:00 AM; CoMRB 2175

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CRN 21309

 

Structure of Biopolymers – BCMG 513 (3 credits)
Course Directors:  M. Caffrey, V. Gaponenko, A. Lavie and K. Volz

MWF, 8:30 – 9:30 AM; MBRB 1009

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CRN 21989

 

Also Required

Research Methods II – GEMS 505 (1 – 3 credits)
Course Director: K. Volz

CRN – 40341

MBRB auditorium (rm. 1017)

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Module IV – Bio-Imagining Techniques 1 credit)

Coordinator: Richard Minshall

Time: TR, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

19 Lectures

Module V – Protein Separation Techniques (1 credit)

Coordinator:  YK. Ho

Time: TR, 2:45 – 3:45 pm

17 Lectures

Module VI – Immunological Methods (1 credit)

Coordinator: David Ucker

Time: TR, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

11 Lectures

Module VII – Essential Technologies and Approach in Translation Research  (1 credit)

Coordinator: Larry Tobacman

T, 9:30am -11:20am  (see schedule on Blackboard)

14 Lectures

 

GEMS Research Rotation – GEMS 506 (4 – 5 credits, two rotations)

Course Director: B. Merrill
Please note that an additional lab rotation can be taken in the summer after the first year.

CRN 40346