APPLIED BIOLOGY

APPLIED BIOLOGY

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Code
58017
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
5 credits during the 1st year of 8745 MEDICINE AND SURGERY (LM-41) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
BIO/13
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (MEDICINE AND SURGERY)
semester
1° Semester
modules
This unit is a module of:
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The course aims at providing students with basic knowledge of the molecular mechanisms supporting the principal cell functions (from morphology and internal organization up to gene expression regulation, generation of differentiated cell lineages and genetic traits transmission). 

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Aim of this course is to provide the students with the knowledge of the basic principles of Cell Biology and Genetics as well as the ability to understand and analyze biological problems. Students will be requested to get acquainted with cell morphology and functions at the structural, ultrastructural and molecular levels

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the module, students are supposed to be acquainted with:

a) the knowledge of the mechanisms regulating transmission and expression of genetic information;

b) the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating the proliferation and the differentiation of eukaryotic cells;

c) the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the interaction of the eukaryotic cell with other cells;

d) the genetic basis of development and evolution.

Teaching methods

Biology module includes 3 CFU of lectures.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The module is divided in 4 main areas:

1. Macromolecules and general biology – Basic structure and properties of nucleic acids, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates shall be presented with focus on chemical bonds and molecular structure and interactions to provide notions to understand the basic cell biology. Principles of classification of living organisms. Species  and speciation. Cell theory: prokaryotes eukaryotes, general organization and their genomes,  molecular evolution. phylogenetic trees.

2. Gene expression - Nucleic acids structure and functions, DNA duplication, transcription, translation, gene expression regulation.

3. Cell proliferation - Cell cycle and control mechanisms, mitosis, meiosis, gametogenesis, mechanisms and meaning of cell death (apoptosis and necrosis), mechanisms of cell differentiation and cell transformation.

4. Basic genetics - Genetic significance of meiosis and gametogenesis. Basic notions of  classical genetics. 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Alberts et al.; "L'essenziale di biologia molecolare della cellula"; Zanichelli Editori.

-Becker et al.; "Il mondo della cellula"; Pearsons Eds.

-Solomon et al.; "Biologia"; Edises

-Karp et al.; "Biologia cellulare e molecolare"; Edises

-Pollard et a.; "Biologia Cellulare"; Elsevier-Masson Eds.

-Russell et al.; “Genetica, un approccio moelcolare”, Pearson 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: make an appointment by e-mail paola.ghiorzo@unige.it, or telephone  0103538949-0105557255. Address: DiMI; Viale Benedetto XV, 6. Secondo floor , room  206

Ricevimento: By appointment by email: rodolfo.quarto@unige.it

Exam Board

SIMONA SIVORI (President)

ROBERTA CASTRICONI (President)

EMANUELA MARCENARO (President)

PAOLA GHIORZO (President)

RODOLFO QUARTO

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Biology module includes 3 CFU of lectures.

EXAMS

Exam description

Final test is based on a multiple choice test.

Assessment methods

Passing of the written test is achieved with at least a score of 18/30, and at least 6/10 for each single module.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
10/06/2020 12:30 GENOVA Scritto Sede dell'Esame: Polo Didattico Biomedico (ex Saiwa) - C.so Gastaldi n. 161 - Genova
25/06/2020 12:30 GENOVA Scritto Sede dell'Esame: Polo Didattico Biomedico (ex Saiwa) - C.so Gastaldi n. 161 - Genova
15/07/2020 12:30 GENOVA Scritto Sede dell'Esame: Polo Didattico Biomedico (ex Saiwa) - C.so Gastaldi n. 161 - Genova
10/09/2020 12:30 GENOVA Scritto Sede dell'Esame: Polo Didattico Biomedico (ex Saiwa) - C.so Gastaldi n. 161 - Genova