Stem Cells in Development and Regeneration

CONJ 530 – 3 Credits – Winter 2019

Date and Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays – 10:00-11:30am
Location: SLU, Building E, conference room E103
Instructors: Prof. Hannele Ruohola-Baker and Prof. Carol Ware

Course description

In this class we will discuss three topics: the recent findings on adult and embryonic stem cell classes and their niches, on epigenetic control of stem cells and stem cells in human disease.

Learning objectives

After this class, students should have a solid foundation on stem cell biology, epigenetic analysis and regulation of stem cells and human diseases connected to stem cell biology.

Course materials and/or textbooks

The course will go through recent seminal papers on stem cell biology.

Course requirements, examinations and grading

Students will develop a stem cell research proposal at the end of the quarter with the help of a chosen faculty member, write a one-page abstract on the idea and present the proposal to the class.

50% participation including discussions on the papers
50% final project and presentation


Lecture Schedule

January 8 & January 10 – Embryonic Stem Cells
January 15 & January 17 – Adult Stem Cells
January 22 & January 24 – Stem Cell Metabolism
January 29 & January 31 – Stem Cell Epigenetics
February 5 & February 7 – Regeneration 1
February 12 & February 14 – Regeneration 2
February 19 & February 21 – Organoids
February 26 & February 28 – Stem Cells and Neuro-Regeneration 1
March 5 & March 7 – Stem Cells and Neuro-Regeneration 2
March 12 & March 14 – Finals