2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue 
    Sep 20, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BL 404 - Laboratory Experience in Neurobiology

(3.00 cr.)

Introduces modern techniques used to study brain anatomy and neuronal phenotypes. This course includes literature review and discussion of the theoretical background and current practices using various types of microscopy. Students dissect preserved mammalian brains, examine prepared histological sections, and learn how to use an atlas. Additionally, students learn basic histology by collecting samples of various cells and tissues; how to properly and safely section and mount preserved brain samples; and apply state-of-the-art techniques of cell staining and computer-assisted visualization and analysis. Special emphasis is placed on use of immunohistochemical techniques using fluorescently labeled antibodies for detection of various cellular proteins. Students also have the opportunity to participate in creating images using the confocal microscope. This opportunity requires some time outside of the normally scheduled class time. Closed to students who have taken BL 403  or BL 405 .

Prerequisite: BL 118 , BL 119 , BL 121 , BL 126 .
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall

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