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Courses Offered by McArdle Faculty

Oncology 401

401 - Introduction to Experimental Oncology

Semester I; 2 credits. This course is the first in a series of courses offered by the Department of Oncology covering much of the field of basic oncology. The objective of Oncology 401 is to introduce the student to the biological processes and mechanisms associated with the characteristics of neoplasia. Oncology 401 is given every fall semester and is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Prerequisites: Biology and organic chemistry or consent of instructor. Biochemistry, genetics, and physiology recommended.

Instructors - Paul Lambert and Richard Halberg

Text: H.C. Pitot, Fundamentals of Oncology, 4th edition, Marcel Dekker, Inc., NY, 2002.

Oncology 545

545 - Topics in Biotechnology

Semester II; 1 credit. Crosslisted with Microbiology 545. Current topics in medical, agricultural, and industrial biotechnology are covered. Content varies from year to year.

Prerequisites: Biochemistry 501 and Genetics 466 or equivalent.

Instructor: Eric Johnson

Oncology 625

625 - Toxicology

Semester I; 3 credits. Crosslisted with Molecular & Environmental Toxicology 625, Medicine 625, Pathology 625, Pharmacology 625, Pharmaceutical Sciences 625, and Population Health Sciences 625. A basic course on the principles of toxicology and biochemical mechanisms of toxicity in mammalian species, including humans. Correlation between morphological and functional changes caused by toxicants in different organs of the body.

Prerequisites: Biochemistry 501 and Physiology 335 or consent of instructor; Pathology 401 and Pharmacology 401 or equivalent recommended.

Instructors vary slightly each year.

Oncology 640

640 - General Virology--Multiplication of Viruses

Semester I; 3 credits. Crosslisted with Microbiology 640 and Plant Pathology 640. Lectures on bacterial and animal viruses, their structure, multiplication and genetics.

Prerequisites: Introductory courses in bacteriology, biochemistry, and genetics, or consent of instructor.

Instructors: Paul Ahlquist, Nathan Sherer, Robert Kalejta

Oncology 675

675 - Advanced or Special Topics in Cancer Research

Semester I, II; 1 to 3 credits. Various "minicourses" on a variety of topics have been offered under this title. Specific information is provided each semester.

The following courses are regular 675 offerings:

Protein Purification, Semester I in odd-numbered years; 2 credits. A course on the theory and practice of protein purification. Topics covered include conventional and recent protein fractionation techniques; enzyme assays, handling, and characterization; purification strategy; and overproduction of cloned gene products. The emphasis is on micro and laboratory scale purifications. Prerequisites: Biochemistry and physical chemistry or consent of instructor. Instructor: Richard R. Burgess.

Current Techniques in Protein and Genetic Engineering, Semester III; 2 credits. This is an intensive, ten-day laboratory course focusing on protein and genetic engineering with an integrative format combining lectures, hands-on laboratory exercises, and interactive problem-solving sessions. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Instructors: Richard R. Burgess and others.

Oncology 699

699 - Special Research Problems

Semester I, II, Summer; 1 to 3 credits. Primarily for undergraduate students carrying out undergraduate research and/or a senior research project.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

Instructors: Vary.

Oncology 703

703 - Carcinogenesis and Tumor Cell Biology

Semester I; 3 credits. Viral, chemical, and physical factors involved in tumor formation in humans and experimental animals; biology and biochemistry of neoplasia, both in vivo and in vitro.

Prerequisites: Oncology 401 or equivalent, organic chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, virology, or consent of instructor.

Instructors: Wei Xu (course director), Caroline Alexander, Chris Bradfield, Paul Lambert, Jing Zhang.

Oncology 715

715 - Ethics in Science

Semester II; 1 credit. A review and discussion of the fundamentals of good scientific communication and ethical issues in science. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor. Instructor: Janet Mertz.

Oncology 725

725 - Readings in Cancer Biology

Semester II; 2 credits. A review and discussion of the current literature on topics related to cancer biology. The emphasis is on the development of skills in data analysis and interpretation, proposal writing, and oral presentation. Prerequisites: Open to first-year graduate students only. Instructor: varies.


Oncology 735

735 - Current Problems in Cancer Biology

Semester I; 2 credits. Development of skills in data analysis and interpretation, grant proposal writing, and oral presentation to help prepare students for the Preliminary Examination. Prerequisites: Cancer Biology major with second-year standing. Instructor: Jeff Ross.

Oncology 901

901 - Student Seminar

Semesters I and II; 1 credit. Presentations of original research in areas related to viral oncology and cancer biology. To aid students in presentation of data. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor. Instructor: varies.

Oncology 990

990 - Research

Semesters I, II, Summer; 1-12 credits.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

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