BME 4910

BME 4910

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

Laboratory-oriented course designed to teach the concepts and tools of cellular neurophysiology through hands-on experience with extracellular and intracellular electrophysiological techniques, and computer acquisition and analysis of laboratory results. Students explore signal transmission in the nervous system by examining the cellular basis of resting and action potentials, and synaptic transmission and optogenetic control of behavior and physiology. Lecture time is used to review nervous system physiology, introduce laboratory exercises, discuss lab results and primary research papers, and for presentation of additional experimental preparations and methods. Invertebrate preparations are used as model systems.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: one of the following- general biology class, BIONB 2220, a physiology course covering neuronal excitability and synaptic transmission, or written permission of instructor. 

Comments Students concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior must take this class for a letter grade.

  • Students should understand the contemporary experimental paradigms in modern neurophysiology and become technically competent with the extracellular and intracellular recording techniques used to explore nervous system physiology.
  • Students should deepen their understanding of the ionic mechanisms underlying neuronal excitability and synaptic communication in the nervous system.
  • Students should develop their skills in communicating scientific results effectively through written lab reports and oral presentations.
  • Students should refine their critical reading skills of primary scientific literature.
  • Students should refine their ability to develop testable hypotheses, and develop independent scientific thinking.

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  •  9096 BME 4910   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Prerequisite: BIONB 2220 or permission of instructor. Hybrid rotational: in person attendance to be determined by instructor. Enrollment limited to student who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.
    In a rotating presentation format outside of the class lecture and lab sessions, graduate students from Biology and Engineering studies will present and discuss classical concept or technique papers in Neuroscience in a journal club. This will be scheduled to accommodate course faculty and student time commitments.

  •  9097 BME 4910   LAB 401

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  •  9098 BME 4910   LAB 402

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  •  9840 BME 4910   LAB 403

  • Instruction Mode: In Person