DSCB 270 The Biology of Rejuvenation

Module: 1
Sponsoring Program: DSCB
Administrator: Janis Herbert

Course Number: DSCB 270
Course Name: The Biology of Rejuvenation
Units: 3
Grading Option: S/U
Course Director: Saul Villeda (select Jeremy Reiter)

Additional Course Director(s):
Room Number: U-506 (University Hall-U Bldg)
Campus: Parnassus
Schedule: March 30-April 17;  Days Mon, Wed, Fri;  Time: 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Prerequisites: none
Maximum Class Size:12

Course Description:

Aging alters both the regenerative capacity and functional integrity of adult tissues, and
as a result steadily drives susceptibility to degenerative disorders in healthy individuals.
In fact, aging remains the single most predominant risk factor for degenerative diseases
in the elderly, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Now considering the rate at which the
human population is currently aging, it becomes critical to identify ways by which to
maintain tissue integrity by protecting against, or even counteracting, the effects of
aging. This course will investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms that
contribute to aging across adult tissues, as well as those that can promote rejuvenation
at old age. To accomplish this we have at least three goals:
• To comprehend, contemplate, discuss and critique original, cutting-edge research
• To place original research in the context of larger scientific concepts - search for
truth, uncertainty and controversies, and the overall scientific process.
• To develop skills in scientific communication – scientific presentations, graphical
representations, and laymen discussions.

Students will lead class discussions of primary scientific literature, learn to design
graphical abstracts, and learn to communicate to the general public through short press
type summaries.