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S02 - Cell biology II : traffic, motility, biophysics (cours Pasteur/Curie/ENS)

2023-2024 planning

Biology Master, ENS
Year : 1 (M1)
Semester : 1 (S1)

Course code :


Course name :

Cell biology II : traffic, motility, biophysics

Coordinator :

Olivier COLLIN, Philippe CHAVRIER, Arnaud ECHARD and Chiara ZURZOLO.

ECTS : 6

Maximum number of students : 24

Keywords :

cytoskeleton, membrane traffic, adhesion, biophysics, nucleocytoplasmic transport, cell cycle, cell migration, cancer biology

Prerequisites for the course :

Cell biology I (L3/BSc) or basic notions in cell biology

Course objectives and description :

This cell biology course will cover major topics of cell biology such as membrane trafficking, cytoskeleton organization, cell polarity establishment, cell cycle control and division, cell adhesion and migration. These cellular functions will be described in the context of normal or cancer cells. The course will also cover innovative biophysical approaches to cell biology including cellular bio-mechanics or micro-rheology. The course will be composed of a series of 2 hours research seminars and will be taught by a number of leading cell biologists from various research institutions including Institut Curie, Institut Jacques Monod or Institut Pasteur.

Assessment / evaluation :

Research article critique

Course material (hand-outs, online presentation available, …) :

PowerPoint presentations of lectures will be available.

Suggested readings in relationship with the module content (textbook chapters, reviews, articles) :

 Molecular Biology of the Cell, Alberts (Garland Science Ed) ; Cell Biology, Pollard § Earnshaw (Saunders Ed)
 The Cell Cycle. Principles of control, D. Morgan (NSP Ed)
 Physical Biology of the Cell ; Phillips, Kondev & Theriot (Garland Science Ed)
 Optional : The biology of cancer, Weinberg (Garland Science Ed)