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2021 - 2022 Academic Catalog 
2021 - 2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIO 150-01 - Introduction to Biological Inquiry

4 credits (Spring)
The Mighty Mitochondria. Mitochondria are frequently referred to as “the powerhouses of the cell” due to their role in oxidative metabolism and generation of ATP, but this definition limits our view of these mighty organelles. Mitochondria are key players in maintaining cellular homeostasis, production and consumption of potentially damaging molecules, and control of programmed cell death. The diverse roles of this dynamic cell organelle are significant in determining organismal health. Human diseases such as cardiovascular disorders, obesity, cancer, and neurodegenerative disorders are associated with mitochondrial dysfunction. In this course, we will use the model organism C. elegans to explore the relationship between mitochondrial function and whole animal physiology. Students will develop skills in reading primary literature, developing and testing hypotheses, and communicating their results through written articles and oral presentations. 

Prerequisite: None.
Instructor: Hershberger