2014-2015 Catalog

Anatomy and Cell Biology

http://www.med.und.edu/anatomy-cell-biology

FACULTY: Carlson, Carr, Dunlevy (Graduate Director), Geiger (Interim Department Chair), Grove, Jackson, Meyer, Nechaev, Ruit, Tessema, and Watt

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Combined Ph.D./M.D.

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. The programs are designed to prepare scholars for academic teaching and research, or for careers in a variety of organizations that conduct research and development in biologically or medically related areas. The research interests of departmental faculty include cancer biology, cell and molecular biology of intracellular signaling, cell biology of extracellular matrix in diabetes, and neurobiology.

The four graduate programs at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are in the process of creating a combined, integrated, and multi-disciplinary program in Biomedical Sciences.  We anticipate that students entering the Anatomy and Cell Biology program in Fall 2014 will follow the newly developed curriculum and will become a part of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.  Students previously enrolled in the Anatomy and Cell Biology program will have the option of completing their degree under existing requirements or transferring to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.  Pending NDUS approval, information on the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program and the course offerings will be available after July 1, 2014 at the following web site: med.und.edu/basic-sciences/bimd.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section. 

Master of Science (M.S.)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology masters program exists to prepare students for life-long learning and careers in research and teaching in the anatomical and cell biological sciences. The program provides a quality academic curriculum that emphasizes training, mentoring, and practical experience in state-of-the-art research and in teaching.

Goal 1: Students will possess and be capable of applying knowledge and understanding of the anatomical and cell biological sciences as they encounter new or unfamiliar problems in broader contexts related to their field of study.

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate the ability to develop and apply ideas in a research context.

Goal 3: Students will possess communication skills necessary to relate the results of their scholarly work clearly and convincingly to others, and to teach effectively the anatomical and cell biological sciences.

Goal 4: Students will recognize and adhere to ethical principles, exhibit professional behavioral standards, and fulfill their professional responsibilities to their institution, the scientific community and society in general.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology doctoral program exists to prepare students for self-directed, life-long learning and careers as independent scientists in the anatomical and cell biological sciences. The program provides a quality academic curriculum that emphasize training, mentoring, and practical experience in state–of-the-art research and in teaching.

Goal 1: Students will possess and be capable of applying systematic knowledge and understanding of the anatomical and cell biological sciences in their scholarly endeavors as independent, self-directed, life-long learners.

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate the ability to conceive, design, implement and adapt work in research with scholarly integrity and originality.

Goal 3: Students will possess communication skills necessary to relate the results of their scholarly work clearly and convincingly to others, and to teach effectively the anatomical and cell biological sciences.

Goal 4: Students will recognize and adhere to ethical principles, exhibit professional behavioral standards, and fulfill their professional responsibilities to their institution, the scientific community, and society in general.

Combined M.D./Ph.D.

Through the cooperation of the School of Graduate Studies and the School of Medicine, students may concurrently pursue the Doctor of Philosophy degree in a medical science field (Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics) and the Doctor of Medicine degree. The minimum time required to complete the joint program is seven years of full-time academic study.

Students interested in the joint M.D./Ph.D. program should first obtain admission to the School of Medicine and Health Sciences to the M.D. degree program, following the normal application process and meeting the selection criteria. A student admitted to the M.D. program may apply to the School of Graduate Studies as soon as he/she has selected a graduate program, which may occur before matriculation in Medical School but typically not later than the end of the first year of Medical School.

Final admission requirements for the M.D./Ph.D. program include:

  1. Satisfactory performance in the first two years of the medical education curriculum with passing scores on all required assessment tools.
  2. Successful completion of the USMLE Step 1 examination.
  3. Satisfactory scores achieved on General GRE examination or MCAT scores.
  4. All other UND School of Graduate Studies admission requirements listed in the UND Academic Catalog.

If admission to a Ph.D. program is granted, the student should apply to the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Medical Student Academic Performance Committee for a “modification of original program,” which will allow the student to pursue the M.D. degree and Ph.D. degree concurrently. The student also must request the Office of Student Affairs to certify to the School of Graduate Studies his/her satisfactory completion of the first two years of the M.D. program.

Students are expected to complete the following general requirements for the Ph.D. degree in a medical science field:

  1. Performance of original research of a quality suitable for publication in refereed, professional journals.
  2. Pass final examination which includes preparation and oral defense of a satisfactory dissertation.
  3. Completion of .
  4. A minimum of 90 credit hours, including research and dissertation.
  5. Successful completion of a scholarly tool (Note: May be specified by a department.)
  6. Completion of the first two years of the medical education curriculum, transferred as 44 credits toward the Ph.D.

 

Master of Science (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

The application process occurs through the School of Graduate Studies. Information and forms are available from the UND School of Graduate Studies website (http://www.und.edu/dept/grad/).

If further advice or help would be beneficial to an applicant’s decision-making process, we encourage her or him to contact our Director of Graduate Education, who can be reached by email, telephone, FAX or letter.

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. Completion of a four-year degree from a recognized university. For U.S. degrees, accreditation must be by one of the six regional accrediting associations.
  2. Coursework: Admission into any of the graduate programs offered through our department is dependent upon the applicant’s demonstration of effective academic skills and appropriate undergraduate training.
    Minimally, the applicant will have completed successfully the following coursework:
    General Biology or Zoology (one-year sequence)
    General Chemistry (one-year sequence)
    Organic Chemistry
    College Algebra
    Preference for admission will be given to applicants who have completed coursework in at least one of the following areas: Cell Biology, Human Anatomy, Comparative Anatomy, Histology, Developmental Biology/Embryology or Biochemistry.
    Coursework in Physics, Molecular Biology, or Genetics is highly recommended.
    Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00, and a cumulative GPA of 3.50 in graduate level coursework, if applicable.
  3. Graduate Record Examination Scores: Applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (General Test) scores. Preference for admission will be given to applicants whose test scores fall at or above the reported national averages or 50th percentiles.
  4. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  5. Admission to the Anatomy and Cell Biology graduate program can be made either through the M.S. degree program or by application directly to the Ph.D. degree program.
  6. Students who elect to begin the M.S. degree program and later decide they wish to pursue the Ph.D. degree may choose to attempt to bypass the M.S. degree by taking the comprehensive examination. Such an examination is administered by a departmental committee and consists, in part, of the preparation of a written research proposal by the student, with an oral defense of that proposal. By passing it and by meeting other requirements, such as a GPA of 3.5 or higher in graduate level coursework, a student may be admitted to the Ph.D. program without completing the M.S. program. Otherwise, a student admitted to the M.S. program must complete the degree as listed.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Science degree through the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Coursework:

  1. Minimum of 37 semester hours of graduate credit.
  2. Completion of the following core graduate level courses (31 Total required number of credits):
  3. BIMD 500Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Biomedical Science6
    BIMD 510Basic Biomedical Statistics2
    BIMD 513Seminars in Biomedical Science1
    BIMD 516Responsible Conduct of Research1
    ANAT 505Seminar in Anatomy and Cell Biology (1 semester for each year in the program, excluding year one)1
    ANAT 593Research in Anatomy and Cell Biology16
    ANAT 998Thesis4
    Total Credits31
  4. Completion of a minimum of 6 credits selected from the graduate level courses listed below. (37 Total minimum number of credits)
    ANAT 513Gross Anatomy6
    ANAT 517Principles of Histology3
    ANAT 521Principles of Developmental Biology3
    ANAT 522Neuroscience6
    ANAT 591Special Topics in Anatomy and Cell Biology1-3
    BMB 533Advanced Topics1-3
    MBIO 501Molecular Virology2
    MBIO 504Microbial Physiology2
    MBIO 508Microbial Pathogenesis2
    MBIO 509Immunology3
    MBIO 512Microbial Genetics2
    MBIO 519Advanced Immunology2
    PPT 500Principles of Physiology and Pharmacology6
    PPT 511Biochemical and Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacology3
    PPT 525Advanced Renal Physiology3
    PPT 526Advanced Respiratory Physiology3
    PPT 527Advanced Neurophysiology3
    PPT 528Advanced Endocrinology3
    PPT 529Adv Cardiovascular Physiology3
    PPT 530Advanced Neurochemistry3
    PPT 535Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Disorders3
    PPT 540Molecular Neuropharmacology3
    Other graduate level courses may be selected if approved by the graduate student’s Faculty Advisory Committee. Elective courses chosen should be appropriate to the student’s area of interest.
  5. A thesis written on an independent research problem.

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Admission Requirements

The application process occurs through the School of Graduate Studies. Information and forms are available from the UND School of Graduate Studies website (http://www.und.edu/dept/grad/).

If further advice or help would be beneficial to an applicant’s decision-making process, we encourage her or him to contact our Director of Graduate Education, who can be reached by email, telephone, FAX or letter.

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. Completion of a four-year degree from a recognized university. For U.S. degrees, accreditation must be by one of the six regional accrediting associations.
  2. Coursework: Admission into any of the graduate programs offered through our department is dependent upon the applicant’s demonstration of effective academic skills and appropriate undergraduate training.
    Minimally, the applicant will have completed successfully the following coursework:
    General Biology or Zoology (one-year sequence)
    General Chemistry (one-year sequence)
    Organic Chemistry
    College Algebra
    Preference for admission will be given to applicants who have completed coursework in at least one of the following areas: Cell Biology, Human Anatomy, Comparative Anatomy, Histology, Developmental Biology/Embryology or Biochemistry.
    Coursework in Physics, Molecular Biology, or Genetics is highly recommended.
    Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00, and a cumulative GPA of 3.50 in graduate level coursework, if applicable.
  3. Graduate Record Examination Scores: Applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (General Test) scores. Preference for admission will be given to applicants whose test scores fall at or above the reported national averages or 50th percentiles.
  4. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

The graduation requirements for the Ph.D. degree in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology consist of required and elective coursework, research leading to the preparation of a dissertation, teaching in major courses, and scholarly tools (minimum of 90 semester hours of graduate credit).

Coursework:

  1. A minimum of 90 semester hours of graduate credit.
  2. Completion of the following core graduate level courses (81 Total required number of credits):
  3. BIMD 500Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Biomedical Science6
    BIMD 510Basic Biomedical Statistics2
    BIMD 513Seminars in Biomedical Science1
    BIMD 516Responsible Conduct of Research1
    ANAT 505Seminar in Anatomy and Cell Biology3
    ANAT 593Research in Anatomy and Cell Biology62
    ANAT 999Dissertation1-15
  4. Completion of a minimum of 9 credits selected from among the graduate courses listed below. (90 Total minimum number of credits)
    ANAT 513Gross Anatomy6
    ANAT 517Principles of Histology3
    ANAT 521Principles of Developmental Biology3
    ANAT 522Neuroscience6
    ANAT 591Special Topics in Anatomy and Cell Biology1-3
    BMB 533Advanced Topics1-3
    MBIO 501Molecular Virology2
    MBIO 504Microbial Physiology2
    MBIO 508Microbial Pathogenesis2
    MBIO 509Immunology3
    MBIO 512Microbial Genetics2
    MBIO 519Advanced Immunology2
    PPT 500Principles of Physiology and Pharmacology6
    PPT 511Biochemical and Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacology3
    PPT 525Advanced Renal Physiology3
    PPT 526Advanced Respiratory Physiology3
    PPT 527Advanced Neurophysiology3
    PPT 528Advanced Endocrinology3
    PPT 529Adv Cardiovascular Physiology3
    PPT 530Advanced Neurochemistry3
    PPT 535Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Disorders3
    PPT 540Molecular Neuropharmacology3
    Other graduate level courses may be selected if approved by the graduate student’s Faculty Advisory Committee. Elective courses chosen should be appropriate to the student’s area of interest.
  5. All candidates for the Ph.D. degree must demonstrate competence in the scholarly tools for study and research in the discipline of Anatomy and Cell Biology. This requirement is fulfilled by successfully completing a course in biomedical statistics, e.g., BIMD 510 Basic Biomedical Statistics or the equivalent.
  6. Students must serve as a Teaching Assistant by:
    1. Teaching and directing two semesters of ANAT 204 Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel, Laboratory; or
    2. Other equivalent teaching experience as approved by the ACB Graduate Advisory Committee
  7. The Ph.D. degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology requires completion of a dissertation based on the results of a research project completed by the graduate student under the guidance of a faculty advisor. The project must represent an original and independent investigation by the student. It is expected that the results of the research will be published in a refereed scientific journal. The dissertation prepared by the candidate must make a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field and must be presented and defended before the student’s faculty advisory committee and the Anatomy and Cell Biology graduate faculty.

 BIMD Courses


BIMD 500. Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Biomedical Science. 6 Credits.

A series of lectures and discussion groups with emphasis on interrelated themes in basic biochemistry, cell biology and molecular biology. Lectures will include current and emerging areas of research, while discussion will center on methods, techniques and expansion of lecture topics. Prerequisites: (a) a year of organic chemistry or (b) one semester of organic chemistry plus a course in either biochemistry or cell biology, or (c) permission of the course director. F.

BIMD 510. Basic Biomedical Statistics. 2 Credits.

A series of lectures, demonstrations and exercises to provide students with the basic rationales for the use of statistics in the assessment of biomedical data and a selected set of the most common and useful statistical tests. Prerequisite: BIMD 500 or permission of course director. S.

BIMD 513. Seminars in Biomedical Science. 1 Credit.

A series of presentations on original research conducted by UND faculty members as well as extramural leaders in academic and industrial research in the biomedical sciences. Students will participate through assigned reading and writing exercises related to the presentations.

BIMD 515.† Steps to Success in Graduate School. 1 Credit.

A series of lectures and discussion sessions covering topics related to the development of skills and experience important for successful completion of graduate training and transition to post graduate training and employment. Students will examine a variety of issues including choosing an advisor and research topic, charting their course through graduate school, the importance of productivity, how to give a scientific presentation and write a scientific publication, applying for predoctoral grants, and planning for their careers.

BIMD 516.† Responsible Conduct of Research. 1 Credit.

A series of lectures and discussion sessions covering topics related to responsible conduct in research. Students will examine a variety of issues including introduction to ethical decision making, the experience of conflict, laboratory practices, data management, reporting of research, conflict of interest, and compliance. Examples and case studies will be drawn primarily from the biomedical sciences.

† Available to students registering in graduate degree programs in the biomedical sciences or by permission of the instructor.

ANAT Courses

ANAT 501. Biomedical Information Retrieval. 1 Credit.

This course integrates electron information retrieval techniques with biomedical research education to develop the student's ability to augment traditional learning and research. Electronic techniques covered include data base searching and internet resources. F,S,SS.

ANAT 505. Seminar in Anatomy and Cell Biology. 1 Credit.

This course provides students an opportunity to organize and orally present scientific information to an audience in a forum conducive to the development of their skills in effective communication. Seminars delivered by students, UND faculty, and other invited speakers present current advancements in biomedical research that promote student learning of principles of biomedical sciences.

ANAT 513. Gross Anatomy. 6 Credits.

Gross Anatomy will be an intensive one semester course that will use a regional approach to enhance the understanding of the structural and functional relationships as well as organization of the adult human body. Lectures will be reinforced with complete cadaver dissection and multiple clinical imaging modalities to strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills. Prerequisites: ANAT 204L and permission of the instructor. S.

ANAT 517. Principles of Histology. 3 Credits.

Principles of Histology is a laboratory and discussion based course that involves a strong self-study component through the use of virtual slides as well as lecture and laboratory orientation videos. By the end of the course the student will have demonstrated a significant knowledge base of tissue microanatomy sufficient for understanding and applying the principles to a wide range of research projects. The student will also have sufficient knowledge of histology to be capable of teaching this material to medical, professional, graduate, and undergraduate students. F.

ANAT 521. Principles of Developmental Biology. 3 Credits.

This is a student driven course designed to provide the student with a firm understanding of the concepts in developmental biology. Students will be using a wide range of materials from textbooks to the internet to gain a graduate level understanding including how to apply this knowledge to research applications. Student presentations will address advanced principles of developmental mechanisms and underlying human embryology. S.

ANAT 522. Neuroscience. 6 Credits.

Faculty-guided inquiry and discussion of readings, student presentations, and neuroanatomy laboratory work introduce students to study of the structure and function of the nervous system. Topics address neural signaling and aspects of developmental, sensorimotor, regulatory and cognitive neurobiology. Relevant experimental and clinical applications serve as preparation for further, more advanced study of the nervous system.

ANAT 590. Readings in Anatomy and Cell Biology. 1-3 Credits.

Students may elect to do a readings.

ANAT 591. Special Topics in Anatomy and Cell Biology. 1-3 Credits.

A series of lectures, discussions and/or laboratory experiences developed around a specific topic in the anatomical or cell biological sciences. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ANAT 593. Research in Anatomy and Cell Biology. 1-15 Credits.

Research is offered in the specialty fields of the faculty of the department, and involves a variety of problems and research tools in morphology and cell biology.


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