MD Anderson Cancer Center - UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

GS03 1021 Emerging Fields in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Translational Science and Molecular Medicine

Xia, Yang. One semester hour. Spring, annually. Grading System: Letter Grade

The goal of this minicourse is for students to develop grant writing and peer review skills in the context of learning cutting edge Translational Science.  The class will be divided into 11 modules (twice per week) that are each 1.25 hours long focused on new topics in Molecular Medicine: hemolytic disorders, hypertension and autoimmunity, aneurysms, Lyme disease, and pulmonary disorders.  The fourth and eleventh classes will be discussion-based and run primarily by a teaching assistant with some guided input from the course director or guest lecturer.  The first of these two discussions will focus on what constitutes writing a successful proposal and peer review. The last class will be a “mock study section” moderated by the teaching assistant and instructors to review proposals.  Students are required to write a 2-page, NIH-style proposal based upon the papers discussed in class.  After the students turn in their proposals, the instructors will de-identify and redistribute the proposals back to the students.  The students will then be required to write short critiques on two, randomly- assigned proposals (1/2 page each) and present them at the peer review held during the last class.  Students receive a letter grade which is contingent on the completion of the required written proposal and written critiques.  When taken with GS031011, this course satisfies the GSBS Scientific Writing requirement.

Course Outline Emerging Fields in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Translational Science and Molecular Medicine