Molecular Basis of Health and Disease

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Molecular Basis of Health and Disease

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BIOC 222 or BIOC 223

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Cell signalling: how signals are received and transmitted within cells. Steroid hormone and redox signalling. Regulation of growth, development and cell death. Diseases associated with aberrant cell signalling.

    Cell signalling is required for every function of every cell. Aberrant cell signalling underlies all major diseases. Here we explore the biochemical and molecular basis of cell signalling pathways required for growth and development, molecular trafficking, metabolism and cell death. Examples of defective signalling leading to disease include the regulation of the cell cycle and cancer, the role of the cytoskeleton in maintaining cell structure and brain development and the role of redox signalling in cardiovascular disease and neurodegeneration.

    Learning Outcomes
    - Articulate a broad understanding of contemporary biochemistry, molecular life sciences and related scientific fields
    - Design and execute experiments using contemporary biochemical techniques
    - Identify and critically evaluate relevant information

    Voet, D., Voet, J. G., and Pratt, C. W. Fundamentals of Biochemistry, John Wiley & Sons

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