Stem cell therapy is one of the most promising treatments for many diseases, including Parkinson's, cardiac, and spinal cord injury. Stem cells have also been implemented in applications ranging from culturing meat products to mass production of metabolites that undergo organism-specific protein modifications. The field of regenerative biology focuses on replacing, engineering, or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function. Stem cells are foundational to the field by providing a source of tissue-specific precursors and opening the door for personalized medicine. Still, this field is a relatively new frontier that will take a robust and innovative group of scientists and physicians to bring about more novel applications.
During this course, you will become familiar with the current research in Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. The course will use an integrated approach where you will engage in molecular laboratory experiments, bioinformatics computation, field trips, and scientific literature investigation. You will utilize newfound knowledge to think critically about what can and cannot be done with stem cell therapies. Starting with the foundational understanding of molecular biology, you will build a repertoire to take on challenging Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology research topics. During this course, we will conduct planarian regeneration, recombinant DNA expression, trypsinization, fluorescence microscopy experiments, and more. This course includes an academic project that you will work on over the two weeks and present on the final day to your peers. Along with the critical molecular, stem cell, and regenerative biology material covered in this class, you will complete your own biomedical research and begin your contribution to the field.
By the end of this course, you will:
• Be able to carry out several techniques used in all biomedical research labs
• Know how to determine stem cells via molecular approaches and defined characteristics
• Gain a solid understanding of how stem cells can be used to treat disease
The Frontiers of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology course is interdisciplinary. It will allow you to take the approaches you learn in molecular, genetics, and bioinformatics experiments and apply them to any area of future scientific focus.
High school biology is not required but is recommended unless students have had exposure to basic cell biology or genetics concepts.
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.