Signal Transduction

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Signal Transduction

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Cell biology

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This class will explore the different cellular signaling pathways discovered by many researchers during the past century. In each week, we will start by listing components important for each signaling pathway and discuss how these relay the information to the next step. In most cases, structural information together with biochemical evidences will be presented to explain their action mechanisms. As a next step, we will discuss a landmark research paper related to the subject of the week to understand how researchers approached to the questions and led to the widely accepted conclusions. After the overview of cellular signaling pathways, we will turn our focus to the benefit of these research. Many pharmaceutical drugs are designed to block one of these cellular signaling pathways. Students will choose one of representative drugs targeting specific diseases, verify the signaling pathway regulated by the drug through searching literatures, and present their studies to the classmates.

    Course objectives:

    • To understand how cells can respond to their extracellular stimuli
    • To review landmark scientific research which leads to our current knowledge on cell signaling
    • To investigate how we can utilize our knowledge on cell signaling to treat human diseases

    1. Textbook: Cell Signalling, John T. Hancock, Third edition, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    2. Scientific research papers : to be announced


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