BIO 02 — Cancer Biology: Recent Developments in Research and Treatment
Diving deep into the inner workings of cancer cells, we will discover the potential of revolutionizing treatments such as CAR T immunotherapy, a cutting-edge technique that genetically modifies a patient's own immune cells to recognize and attack cancer cells. We'll also explore the crucial role of the cellular environment around tumors and learn how targeting this microenvironment can improve the effectiveness of existing therapies. We'll examine the unique nutrient requirements of cancer cells and how this knowledge can be used to selectively kill cancer cells while sparing healthy ones. And we’ll discuss the power of biomarkers in developing tailored therapies that can significantly improve cancer patients’ quality of life. Class sessions will include lectures, interactive discussions, and guest speakers who are experts in cancer research. By the end of this course, students will have gained a solid understanding of cell biology, how cancer operates, and how—through scientific advances—it might eventually be stopped.
This course requires no specific background in biology and is intended for people interested in understanding areas of cell biology research that may inform the development of future cancer therapies. Guest speakers include Monte Winslow, Associate Professor of Genetics and of Pathology at Stanford, and Kara Davis, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Stanford, among others.