Curriculum

 

First Year Curriculum

Coursework:
In the first year of the GEMS program, students will take a core curriculum that will provide them a strong base in the fundamentals of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology and integrated physiology. In the second semester, students will be able to pursue their own interests and choose from among several core courses that span a variety of advanced topics. In the first year students will also have the opportunity to take four methods modules of their choice. In addition, students must take GC 401-Scientific Integrity and Responsible Research early in their graduate school career. Some students will also have to take GC 470-Essential for Animal Research if their research involves animals.

Research Rotations:
An integral part of the new interdepartmental graduate program in the College of Medicine, GEMS, is the student research experience. As part of the new program we will have students do 3 research rotations in the various academic departments associated with the GEMS program. These rotations will not only provide students with valuable hands-on laboratory experience, but also allow them to make an informed decision about which laboratory to join for their Ph.D. research project.

Additional experiences:
While participating in research rotations, first year students are also expected to attend departmental journal clubs and research seminars in the department in which they are performing their rotation. In addition, students must take GC 401-Scientific Integrity and Responsible Research early in their graduate school career. Some students will also have to take GC 470-Essential for Animal Research if their research involves animals.

Semester I:

Biochemistry - GCLS 501 (3 credits)
Course Directors: P. Gettins, S. Lam

Molecular Biology - GCLS 502 (3 credits)
Course Directors: W. Walden and S. Mirkin

Cell Biology & Integrated Physiology - GCLS 503 (4 credits)
Course Directors: S. Appel, J. Art and K. Colley

Research Methods I - GCLS 504 (1 credit)
Course Directors: Y.K. Ho, P. DeLanerolle

GEMS Research Rotation-GCLS 506 (2 credits - one rotation)

Semester II:
Core Courses (2 required)

Integrative Biology - Development, Cancer, Immunology - GCLS 510 (3 credits)
Course Directors: D. Ucker, A. Tyner, P. Raychaudhuri, and B. Hales

Molecular Genetics - GCLS 511 (3 credits)
Course Directors: Course Directors: A. Katzen, T. Hope

Receptor Pharmacology & Cell Signaling - GCLS 515 (3 credits)
Course Directors: T. Kozasa and T. Voyno-Yasenetskaya

Cell Physiology - PhyB 586 (3 credits)
Course Directors: J. Garcia

Structure of Biopolymers - BCHE 513 (3 credits)
Course Directors: A. Lavie, M. Caffrey, A. Mesecar

Required

Research Methods II - GCLS 505 (2 credit)
Course Directors: Y.K. Ho, P. DeLanerolle

GEMS Research Rotation (4-5 credits - two rotations)
Please note that an additional lab rotation can be taken in the summer after the first year.

 

Second Year Curriculum

Please note that students whose research involves animals must take Essentials of Animal Research (GC 470). In addition, some students will profit from a course in statistics.

Anatomy & Cellular Biology
Six credits hours of 500 level courses appropriate to the general area of the dissertation are usually taken in the second year.

Please see representative courses available (www.uic.edu/depts/mcan) to find 6 credits in 500 level electives.

Students will also take basic departmental courses that are most directly related to success in their research program or preliminary examination.

All students are required to register for Seminar and Journal Club- ANAT 595 throughout their time in the graduate program.

Recommendations for first year courses: Students interested in joining the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology are free to take those courses that best suit their research interests.

Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics
Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics-BCMG 575 (3 credits)
One additional 500 level elective (3 credits)

Students will also participate in student research seminars and journal clubs throughout their time in the department

Recommendation for first year courses: Students interested in joining the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics are free to take those courses that best suit their research interests.

Microbiology & Immunology
Molecular Biology of Cells and Viruses-MIM 553 (2 credits)
Immunology-MIM 551 (2 credits) Molecular Microbiology-MIM 552 (2 credits)
Special Topics-MIM 594 (1 credit)

Other courses may be substituted or added based on a student's background an interests.

Recommendation for first year courses: Students interested in joining the Department of Microbiology and Immunology are urged to take GCLS 510- Integrative Biology and GCLS 511-Molecular Genetics as core electives in Semester II of the first year. Other courses may be substituted based on a student's background and interests.

Pharmacology
Medical Pharmacology - Pcol 425 (5 credits)

One 500 Level Elective chosen from the following:
Drug Metabolism and Disposition - Pcol 508 (2 credits)
Molecular Pharmacology of the Cardiovascular System and Platelets - Pcol 510 (2 credits)
Pharmacology and Biology of the Vessel Wall - Pcol 530 (2 credits)
Ion channels - Pcol 540 (2 credits)

Recommendations for first year courses: Students interested in joining the Department of Pharmacology are asked to take Receptor Pharmacology and Cell Signaling-GCLS 515 (3 credits) as one of their core electives in Semester II of the first year.

Physiology & Biophysics
Semester 1.
Medical Physiology-PhyB 551 (5 credits)
Seminar in Physiology PhyB 591 (1 credit)

Semester 2.
Medical Physiology-PhyB 552 (5 credits)
Seminar in Physiology PhyB 591 (1 credit)

Note: Seminar in Physiology PhyB 591 is required for every semester for remainder of program.

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An integral part of the interdepartmental graduate program in the College of Medicine, GEMS, is the student research experience. This includes three research rotations in the academic departments, providing valuable hands-on experience and insight into which laboratory to join for their Ph.D. research project.