SM1501 The Cell Course Coordinator

Activity: Examination, Marking, Reviewing, Supervision, Teaching, or TutoringTeaching


Course Coordination, contribution to teaching, Lecturer.
Organisation and delivery of on-line and final assessments.
Exam invigilator.


The course explores cells as the basic unit of life. All organisms are composed of cells whether they exist as single-celled microbes, or multi-cellular organisms, as is the case with plants and animals. The course starts by discussing how cells evolved, illustrating the diversity of cells types while also showing how cells are all "variations on a theme". As the course progresses the structure and function of cells is explored, and the fundamental molecular concepts of life are introduced. Later in the course the focus will be on how cells are able to come together to form multi-cellular organisms such as animals and plants. This multi-cellularity requires cells to stick together and to communicate with each other. The course also explores how cells grow and divide and how some cells can differentiate to allow specialised functions. The last few lectures illustrate some of the exciting cell biology studies being carried out in the University of Aberdeen