Laboratory Medicine: Using Model Organisms in Biomedical Research

Course Description

In this lecture and lab based course, you will learn how some of the smallest organisms we interact with on a daily basis have shaped our understanding of human medicine, and how they are still used in labs all over the world today. We will work with model organisms and mammalian cell lines to explore the principles of biomedical research.

You will get an overview of each of these common lab organisms and how it is used in biomedical research. You will learn about how scientists and doctors are using these organisms to explore new treatment options for a wide variety of disorders. This will be accomplished through a mixture of readings, lectures, and laboratory sessions. Topics covered will include cell biology, cancer and neurodegenerative disease. Experiments will include DNA isolation and manipulation, gel electrophoresis, neural differentiation of mammalian cells, fluorescence microscopy, and UV mutagenesis.

Throughout this course, you will:
• Analyze data from experiments in biomedical research that have been recently published in top journals from all around the world.
• Propose their own experiments that could be carried out with the organisms we've studied to answer a current question in biomedical research.
• Learn about diseases that have been modeled and studied using the organism we will work with.
• Learn how biomedical research methods are still used today in molecular diagnosis and treatment.

This course will provide you with an overview of some of the most common methods in biomedical research. You will learn the pathophysiology of various diseases that are studied using these research methods and will practice designing your own experiments to answer pertinent questions in modern medicine.

On-Campus Supplemental Fee: $100


A high-school biology class is preferred. Experience with cell biology is recommended, but not required.


Two Sections Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 18, 2022 - July 22, 2022
*Duration: 1 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 3:30P-6:20P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Silas Monje
Course Number: 10363

Dates: July 25, 2022 - July 29, 2022
Duration: 1 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 3:30P-6:20P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Silas Monje
Course Number: 10364