The human body contains approximately 37,000,000,000,000 eukaryotic cells. Most of these cells share similar sub-cellular compartments called organelles, which include the nucleus, mitochondria, Golgi, lysosomes, etc. All these cells are derived from a single fertilized egg that has differentiated to form multiple cells types, which impart distinct functions to our various organs. This course will discuss the functions of individual organelles and how cells divide and develop unique characteristics. It will also discuss how the differentiated cells organize and impart specific functions to organs, such as the liver, kidney, gut, fat tissue, muscle, and brain. MSC
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Norm Curthoys received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and conducted basic biomedical research with over 40 years of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health. During this time, he also taught biochemistry to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students.