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BIO 101 — Biology: A Gentle Introduction

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Date(s): Mar 30—May 4
Duration: 6 weeks
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Drop Deadline: Apr 12
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $265
Format: On-campus course
Status: Open
Have you ever wondered what determines the color of your eyes? How and why we age? How our immune system works—and sometimes stops working properly, paving the way for disease? The human body is a fascinating machine and a constant source of mystery. In this course, we will start demystifying the human body by offering a gentle introduction to biology, building up our knowledge of biology step by step. We will start small, with the cell—the building block of our body. We will learn about the composition of a cell, how cells create organs, and the endless possibilities that are coded in our DNA. With this knowledge under our belts, we will then move into new territory and discover the wonder of stem cells; the promise of regenerative medicine; how new therapies can potentially treat chronic disease; why diseases such as cancer happen in the first place; and where new approaches in research might take us.

Keren Ziv, Chief Scientific Officer, CytoMag

Keren Ziv develops medical devices in the field of rare cell isolation. She is also a consultant to angel investors and startup companies in the medical device industry. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford School of Medicine and conducted research in the field of regenerative medicine and heart diseases in the Molecular Imaging Program. Her research has been published in Nature Medicine, Cancer Cell, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and other journals. Ziv received a PhD in biology and imaging from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

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