This lab provides an active-learning team environment, incorporating common cell/molecular biology techniques, to reinforce selected engineering principles in an in vitro cell culture setting.
Prerequisites: BMED 2310 (or BMED 2300) and BMED 3310 (or BMED 3300) and BMED 3110 and BMED 3600
Credit Hours: 2
Average GPA: 3.90
This course is the second of the two lab classes and is divided into groups of 3-4 in a lab of about 20-30 people. You will learn the basics of cell culturing techniques and how to perform experiments with various cell lines and treatment methods, as well as how to use the various equipment in the lab. There are 5 modules throughout the semester, which each one being progressively more independently driven. The last module is completely novel and could fit within the scope of a journal publication. This is also a great course to prepare for a research environment as it gives hands-on wet lab experience.
THE tip: Make sure that your group is composed of people you want to work with and make sure that their schedules match yours enough to put in the lab time. Also, try to have at least one to two members with cell culture experience.
Recall: Problem solving skills, cancer biology from 3600, literature review and any wet lab research experience is a huge bonus.
Spend your time… planning your experiments and creating a schedule for lab time.
Take Home: This class teaches experimental design and execution, particularly useful for those pursuing wet lab research in industry or academia.