10 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the different cellular and molecular mechanisms used by epithelia to solve transport problems. The teaching will consist of conventional lectures and will reflect the University's mission to teach at a research level. The module will draw examples from a variey of epithelia to illustrate particular transport challenges. The module will begin with a consideration of some of the recent methodological advances applied to the study of epithelia and how epithelial transport can be quantified and modelled. Problems such as how epithelia undertake water transport and how transport activity at apical and basal membranes is precisely matched will be explored. Lectures will also examine how epithelial cells transport essential nutrients. The human placenta will be studied extensively to illustrate strategies used to simultaneously overcome multiple transport problems.

Staff Contact: ROBSON LOUISE
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam

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