Introduction to Systems Biology: multicellular organisms - 94694, and cell biology - 94691

These elective courses are aimed at undergraduate and graduate students with little background in Biology and Math that would like to understand how can math be useful in understanding biological phenomena. Each course is given once every two years and involves a small project and a final exam.

Physiology of Organ Systems

Physiology tries to explain how stuff works, in our body. I teach in the gastrointestinal segment and endocrine segment. We learn that the gastrointestinal tract is more than a sponge with some digestive enzymes. It is a smart and regenerative system composed of many organs and sub-systems, regulated by hormones and a couple of nervous systems, that together with our gastrointestinal microbes is able to digest and absorb a wide variety of food in a highly coordinated fashion (course 96203)

In endocrinology, we study general principals of endocrine regulation such as negative and integral feedback and focus on some systems such as calcium regulation, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, thyroid gland, and energy homeostasis (courses 64636, 96205)

Problem-based learning for medical students

In this course, Dr. Aviad Zick and I discuss with small groups of 2nd and 3rd-year medical students real-life medical problems and how basic science can help in understanding them (96210, 96310).

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