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BIO 02 — Cancer Biology: Recent Developments in Research and Treatment

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Oct 2—Nov 27
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 4
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $465
Instructor(s): David Armenta
Limit: 50
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on November 20
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Oct 2—Nov 27
8 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 4
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
David Armenta
Please Note: No class on November 20
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Cancer is a ubiquitous global challenge—most families will be affected by it at some point in their lives. However, recent advancements in cancer treatment and prevention offer hope. In this course, we will delve into the fascinating world of cancer biology to explore groundbreaking research and treatment options.

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.

COLLEGE Lecturer, Civic, Liberal, and Global Education Program, Stanford

David Armenta received a PhD in biology with a focus on cells, molecules, and organisms from Stanford, working with Scott Dixon to study how amino acid metabolism regulates sensitivity of cancer cells to the nonapoptotic cell death mechanism of ferroptosis. His work has been published in Cell Chemical Biology.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.