Introduction to Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering
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|Course Dates||Weeks||Meeting Times||Status||Instructor(s)||CRN|
|July 15, 2013 - July 26, 2013||2||M-F 9A-11:50A||Waitlisted||Kenneth Uhnak||10106|
This two-week course will serve as an introduction to stem cells and current stem cell research. We will examine current progress in the stem cell field and discuss the challenges presented by the in-vitro engineering of stem cells to create functional adult tissues. Topics covered will include the harvesting of stem cells from specific tissues, including bone marrow, adipose tissue, skeletal muscle and placental tissues, the use of artificial matrices and natural scaffolds in three dimensional tissue culture, and the role of the stem cell niche in maintaining the stem cell state. Additionally, the culture of stem cells, including media components, and culture factors leading to their directed differentiation will be explored. The course will conclude with an examination of future possibilities for the use of stem cells as implants and as extracorporeal devices.
Upon completion of the course, students will possess a foundation for further independent or guided study in the areas of stem cell and tissue engineering research.
It is strongly recommended that applicants successfully complete a basic course in high school biology prior to enrolling in this course. Physiology and or anatomy is helpful. A course packet will be provided. This packet will contain copies of all lecture material as well as selected journal articles supporting the lectures.
*Please note: This course has a Supplemental Fee of $250.00.
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