7.60 Cell Biology: Structure and Functions of the Nucleus

As taught in: Spring 2010

Illustration of a cell, showing the nucleus, and the DNA within the nucleus.

An illustration showing an example of the structure and organization of DNA in the nucleus of a human cell. (Image couresty of the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health.)




Prof. Phillip Sharp

Prof. Richard Young

Course Description

The goal of this course is to teach both the fundamentals of nuclear cell biology as well as the methodological and experimental approaches upon which they are based. Lectures and class discussions will cover the background and fundamental findings in a particular area of nuclear cell biology. The assigned readings will provide concrete examples of the experimental approaches and logic used to establish these findings. Some examples of topics include genome and systems biology, transcription, and gene expression.