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Learn about Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology Program Graduate Courses on the Bloomington campus at Indiana University School of Medicine.


Additional information regarding the required courses to complete the Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology major requirements can be found below.

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  • BIOT-T 540: Structure, Function, and Regulation of Biomolecules
    Essentials of macromolecular biosynthesis; mechanism-based examination of biochemical aspects of cell biology; material is presented with an integrative approach designed to illustrate the interrelationship of biochemical processes.
  • BIOL-L 585: Genetics and Bioinformatics
    Focuses on genome organization and transmission and molecular genetics in a number of prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems. Topics include molecular mechanisms of mutation, suppression, replication, meiosis, recombination, complementation, and approaches to identifying and analyzing genes. Introduces students to the use of databases, programs for computational analysis of DNA and protein sequence data, and high-throughput methods in genomics and proteomics.
  • MSCI-M 510 Research Methods
    This course gives students a strong fundamental understanding of proper experimental design and commonly used research methods. The course is taught by critically evaluating common cellular and molecular biology techniques and by critiquing primary literature that utilizes these techniques. Recurring themes include hypothesis development, appropriate controls, biological versus technical replicates, troubleshooting, analysis of data, statistics, and presentation of data. Students learn how to evaluate and learn new protocols as well as evaluate experiments presented in primary literature.
  • BIOL-L 523: Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature
    Detailed analysis of current research papers in biology. Emphasis on experimental design, research methods, interpretation of results, and suitability of controls. Generally taken in the first semester of graduate residence. Topics may vary to suit specific fields (e.g., molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and genetics, or ecological and evolutionary biology).
  • MSCI-M 580 Molecular Biology of Cancer
    Cancers are genetic diseases produced by mutations in the genes that control cell signaling and cell fate. This class provides an in-depth study of cell signaling and mechanisms by which cell fate is regulated. These concepts will be used to develop a comprehensive understanding of how tumor cells develop, recruit the support from normal cells, modulate the immune system, metastasize and are treated. (Offered every spring semester.)
  • MSCI-M 509: Basics of Scientific Communication
    This course takes students through a series of exercises that expose them to various forms of communication—from writing an abstract to preparing figures for papers versus posters versus talks and to talking about their science both to a scientific audience and to the lay public.
  • MSCI-M 512 Grant Writing
    In this course, students learn to write a persuasive proposal on their own research and how to apply for external funding.
  • MSCI-M 508: Precision Medicine of Cancer
    This course highlights the scientific evidence for precision medicine approaches and covers what is needed to move the concept of precision medicine into clinical practice. As oncology is the clear choice for enhancing the near-term impact of precision medicine, this course focuses on individualized, molecular approaches to cancer. In addition, the course incorporates how findings in the cancer field will provide a strong framework for accelerating the adoption of precision medicine in other disease.
  • MSCI-M 535 Biopsychosocial Medicine A Case Study Approach
    This blended-hybrid course has both an online component and in-class face-to face lecture and discussion. A case study approach will explore the biological, psychological, social, cultural, behavioral and economic factors that influence health and illness. Offered Fall semester.
  • MSCI-M 550 Seminar in Cancer Biology
    In this Journal Club course, students take turns presenting new and significant findings relating to cancer biology and physiology. Students are encouraged to present high-impact articles relevant to their thesis research and integrate their own findings into the presentation. May be repeated.
  • MSCI-M 800 Research
    Independent research in thesis laboratory.