Psychology | Mollecular and Cellular Neuroscience
P457 | 3843 | Prieto, A
P457. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience.
Instructor: Anne L. Prieto Ph.D.
This course is intended to provide a general background into the
cellular and molecular processes that give the nervous system its
unique character. It also explores in depth some topics on higher
brain function in which significant progress has been made to uncover
their biological basis at a molecular and cellular levels. In this
course we will cover the cell biology of neurons and glia and the
structural and molecular elements that distinguish these cells from
others in the body. We will explore the genesis of neurons and glia,
the generation of synaptic connections, and the elimination of cells
and synapses. We will also explore the cellular processes and
molecules involved in activity dependent synaptic rearrangements and
mechanisms of synaptic plasticity. We will also explore the genetic
and molecular approaches that have been used in model organisms
including the mollusk Aplysia, the fly Drosophila and rodents, to
uncover the biological basis for learning and memory.