About this Course

·  Bio154/254/Neurobio254 is a combined upper-level undergraduate and graduate course.

·  PhD students must register for 254 (up to 5 units); master and undergraduate students should register for 154 (4 units). 

·  This course is based largely on experiments, rather than a collection of knowledge. We will focus on a few topics that best illustrate the principles of scientific inquiry, and represent the exciting areas of modern neurobiology research. Emphasis will be given to problems whose molecular and cellular mechanisms are well studied, and are inspirational.

·  For further details visit the course website below and on Coursework.

Course Lectures

·   All lectures will be given in PowerPoint / Keynote.

·   By the end of the lecture day, the entire presentation will be available in PDF to all registered students on Coursework.

·   Main (recommended, not required) textbook: Principles of Neural Science, by Kandel et al.  Another recommended book: Fundamental Neuroscience by Squire et al. Both are on reserve at the Falconer Library. None of the textbooks can replace the lectures per se, which cover up-to-date research, in presentation styles not paralleled by any textbooks. Therefore lecture attendance is essential.

BIO254 Section Info

   BIO254 (PhD) students: please sign up for GRADUATE SECTION on Coursework.


·  Discussion sections count towards 50% of the grade. Discussion sections are every Friday starting October 1st from 1:15-3:05 pm at Gilbert 117.  Each week three primary research papers (PDFs posted on Coursework) need to be read in advance and are discussed in depth.

·  Grant proposals count towards 50% of the grade.  Outline is due by NOON on Friday November 19th, 2010 and final grant proposal is due by NOON on Friday December 10th, 2010 at Egle’s desk (MSLS 2nd floor, room P257, may contain cookies), or by email to egle@stanford.edu.


BIO154 Section Info

   BIO154 students please sign up with one of the five undergraduate TAs via Coursework.


·  Section times, places and TAs:

·      Tue 9:00 - 9:50 AM at 380-381 - Xintong Dong <xdong1@stanford.edu>

·      Tue 2:15 - 3:05 PM at 420-050 - Lynn Sun <lynnsun@stanford.edu>

·      Wed 4:15 - 5:05 PM at Herrin T185 - David Bochner <dbochner@stanford.edu>

·      Thu 3:15 - 4:05 PM at Sequoia 200 - Xing Wei <xingwei@stanford.edu>

·      Fri 10:00 - 10:50 AM at 320-109 - Xiaojing Gao <xjgao@stanford.edu>


·  Discussion sections are held weekly with TAs starting from 2nd week.  On weeks 3, 5, 7 and 9, a research paper will be discussed in depth.  These discussions contribute towards 20% of the grade. 

·  Midterm papers count toward 40% of the grade and will be due by NOON on Friday November 19th, 2010. 

·  Final exam counts toward 40% of the grade and will be held at 8:30-11:30am on Friday December 10th, 2010.

·  Prerequisites: Both Juniors and Seniors are welcome. As long as you have taken Bio-core or equivalent, don’t worry about other prerequisites. Majors in physical sciences, engineering, and computer sciences wishing to learn about the brain are very welcome to take the course.  You may find aspects of biology more difficult but your quantitative skills will find their use. The best way to evaluate whether this course is suitable for you is to attend a few lectures and work on them afterwards. You can also attend office hours held by your section TAs or by the head TA.


·  We will allow access of the lecture presentations to long-term Stanford auditors as well.


Maintained by Egle Cekanaviciute (egle@stanford.edu)