Advanced Cell Biology

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Higher Education Studies

Cell Biology 424518


Instructor: Dr Salwa Khalaf

Credit: lecture 3 hrs

Course description:

This course explores cell organization and subcellular structure. Students examine cell-to-cell signaling that involves hormones and receptors, signal transduction pathways, second messenger molecules, cell adhesion, extracellular matrix, cell cycle, programmed cell death, , and mechanisms of the cell.


Class Schedule- Topics to be discussed

Macromolecules of the cell

Cell membrane and transport

Signal transduction mechanisms: messengers and receptors
Extracellular structures

Cytoskeletal system

Mitochondria: structure and function

Endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi complex

The nucleus

The cell cycle and DNA replication

Cancer cells



Med term exam            40%

Assignments                10%

Final exam                    50%



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