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Fall 2010-2011
CBE 440   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Physical Basis of Human Disease

Celeste M. Nelson

This course covers major diseases (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, infectious diseases), the physical changes that inflict morbidity and mortality, the design constraints for treatment, and emerging technologies that take into account these physical hurdles. Taking the perspective of the design constraints on the system (that is, the mass transport and biophysical limitations of the human body), we will survey recent results from the fields of drug delivery, gene therapy, tissue engineering, and nanotechnology.

Sample reading list:
Saunders, Textbook of Medical Physiology
McCance & Huether, Pathophysiology
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
The majority of the readings for the class will come from the primary literature.

Mid Term Exam - 15%
Design Project - 15%
Take Home Final Exam - 25%
Problem set(s) - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23125 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M W   Engineering Quad J-Wing   J201   Enrolled:28 Limit:40