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BIO 101 — Human Biology: A Gentle Introduction

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jan 31—Mar 7
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Feb 13
Unit: 1
Tuition: $360
Instructor(s): Keren Ziv
Status: Open
Please Note: This course also includes an optional review session on March 14, meeting from 7:00 - 8:50 pm.
7:00—8:50 pm
Jan 31—Mar 7
6 weeks
Drop By
Feb 13
1 Unit
Keren Ziv
Please Note: This course also includes an optional review session on March 14, meeting from 7:00 - 8:50 pm.
Have you ever wondered what determines the color of your eyes? How and why we age? How our immune system works—and sometimes stops working properly, paving the way for disease? The human body is a fascinating machine and a constant source of mystery. In this course, we will start demystifying it by building up our knowledge of biology step by step. We will start with the major systems of our body, such as the circulatory and respiratory systems, moving forward to the building block of our body—the cell. We will learn about the composition of a cell, how cells create organs, and the endless possibilities that are coded in our DNA. With this knowledge under our belts, we will then move into new territory and discover the wonder of stem cells, the promise of regenerative medicine, how new therapies can potentially treat chronic disease, why diseases such as cancer happen in the first place, and where new approaches in research might take us.

Keren Ziv, Chief Scientific Officer, CytoMag

Keren Ziv develops medical devices in the field of rare-cell isolation. She is also a consultant to angel investors and startup companies in the medical device industry. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford School of Medicine and conducted research in the field of regenerative medicine and heart diseases in the Stanford Molecular Imaging Program. Her research has been published in Nature Medicine, Cancer Cell, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and other journals. Ziv received a PhD in biology and imaging from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

Textbooks for this course:

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