The MCP faculty teaches courses in physiology, cell biology, neuroscience, biophysics, and molecular biology, and advanced courses in specialized areas.

MCP 126: Neurons and Disease

Diseases of the nervous system. First lecture of each week focuses on the clinical, epidemiological and behavioral aspects of a selected disease or syndrome. Second lecture exposes the cell biological, electrophysiological, biochemical and/or molecular biological processes that underlie each disease presented. Instructors maintain some flexibility in the diseases chosen for elucidation, but students can expect those covered to range from the relatively straightforward, for example Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), to the more complex, for example, Schizophrenia or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 3 units for lecture and discussion only; 4 units includes a paper. Prerequisite: Biology or Human Biology core. Terms: Win| Units: 3| Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)

Instructors: Madison (PI), 3 units, Spr

MCP 199: Undergraduate Research

Students undertake investigations sponsored by individual faculty members. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

MCP 207: MCP Bootcamp

Hands-on, week-long immersion in methods and concepts related to the physiology of cell signaling. Required of all first-year MCP students; other PhD students may enroll with consent of instructor.

Terms: Aut | Units: 1-3 | Grading: Medical Satisfactory/No Credit  

Instructors: Staff

MCP 208: MCP Journal Club and Professional Development Series

This class will entail discussion of current research in Molecular and Cellular Physiology (Journal Club) and sessions devoted to career development. Enrolled learners will gain experience in designing and delivering professional oral presentations and writing accessible lay summaries of primary research. They will also receive guidance in how to give and receive critiques following a rubric. Learners will choose research papers following a theme to e determined collaboratively. Career and professional development class sessions will provide information on a variety of topics related to career development and strategies for navigating research environment in productive and healthy ways (see below).  

The class will meet 8 times per quarter, with 4 Journal Club and 4 Professional Development sessions per quarter. Journal Club sessions will consist of one member of the class giving an oral presentation on the topic of a current relevant research paper, followed by critique and discussion. Learners will prepare written critiques of these talks.

The Professional Development session will consist of a series of lectures, discussions, or workshops designed to foster a better understanding of the practices and processes that are critical for navigating paths toward a research career, but which are not generally covered in a classroom setting. These sessions might include such topics as mentor/mentee relationships, authorship, navigating peer review, issues of diversity and respectful workplace, wellness, experiences Stanford alumni in their own career paths, and other topics, including those suggested by class participants. The class will be graded on participation and on the writing assignments, including critiques and lay summaries.

The course will be required for MCP graduate students in their first 3 years of study, and open to all predoctoral graduate students. The broader membership of the MCP scientific community will be encouraged to participate including postdocs (with permission of the course director).

Terms: Aut, Win, Spr | Units: 1-2 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

MCP 221: Advanced Cell Biology (BIO 214, BIOC 224)

For Ph.D. students. Taught from the current literature on cell structure, function, and dynamics. Topics include complex cell phenomena such as cell division, apoptosis, signaling, compartmentalization, transport and trafficking, motility and adhesion, and differentiation. Weekly reading of current papers from the primary literature. Preparation of an original research proposal. Prerequisite for advanced undergraduates: BIO 129A or 160, and consent of instructor.

Terms: Win | Units: 4 | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)

Instructors: Brandman, O. (PI) ; Desai, T. (PI) ; Ehrhardt, D. (PI) ; Kopito, R. (PI) ; Li, L. (PI) ; Pfeffer, S. (PI) ; Rohatgi, R. (PI) ; Spudich, J. (PI) ; Theriot, J. (PI) ; Ting, A. (PI) ; Jarosz, D. (SI) ; Kirkegaard, K. (SI)

MCP 222: Imaging: Biological Light Microscopy (CSB 222, BIO 152)

This intensive laboratory and discussion course will provide participants with the theoretical and practical knowledge to utilize emerging imaging technologies based on light microscopy. Topics include microscope optics, resolution limits, Köhler illumination, confocal fluorescence, two-photon, TIRF, FRET, photobleaching, super-resolution (SIM, STED, STORM/PALM), tissue clearing/CLARITY/light-sheet microscopy, and live-cell imaging. Applications include using fluorescent probes to analyze subcellular localization and live cell-translocation dynamics. We will be using a flipped classroom for the course in that students will watch iBiology lectures before class, and class time will be used for engaging in extensive discussion. Lab portion involves extensive in-class use of microscopes in the CSIF and NMS core microscopy facilities.

Terms: Aut, Win | Units: 3 | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)

MCP 256: How Cells Work: Energetics, Compartments, and Coupling in Cell Biology (MCP 156)

Open to graduate and medical students, and advanced undergraduates. Dynamic aspects of cell behavior and function, including cellular energetics, homeostasis, heterogeneity of membranes, structure and function of organelles, solute and water transport, signaling and motility. Emphasis is on the principles of how coupling of molecular processes gives rise to essential functions at the cellular level. Mathematical models of cell function. Student presentations.

Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)

Instructors: Lewis, R. (PI); Maduke, M. (PI); Feng, L. (PI)

MCP 299: Directed Reading in Molecular and Cellular Physiology

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1-18 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)

MCP 370: Medical Scholars Research

Provides an opportunity for student and faculty interaction, as well as academic credit and financial support, to medical students who undertake original research. Enrollment is limited to students with approved projects.

Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 4-18 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Medical School MD Grades

MCP 399: Graduate Research

Students undertake investigations sponsored by individual faculty members. Research fields include endocrinology, neuroendocrinology, and topics in molecular and cellular physiology. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (Staff)

Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1-18 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)

MCP 801: TGR Project

Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 0 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: TGR

MCP 802: TGR Dissertation

Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 0 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: TGR