Cell and Molecular Biology of Medicine

Fall - September 24–December 4, 2022
Modality, Day & Time:
Online - Saturday, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Online - Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Ugoo Anieto, Frank Ciulla
One year of high school biology and one year of high school chemistry.

“As someone who is interested in pursuing medicine, all of the topics we covered were very intriguing to me. It was fantastic to gain so many new insights that will serve me well in the future.”  — Aileen Q. | Potomac, MD

Course Description

At the core of most modern medical treatments is an understanding of how cells and biological molecules work. In this course we examine the functioning of medications such as antibiotics, antiviral drugs, chemotherapy, and psychiatric drugs. We also look at the molecular biology and treatment of conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and auto-immune disorders such as lupus.

Classes include interactive lectures and in-class assignments designed to help students understand the connections between science and medical treatments. Outside of class, participants are expected to write a number of short essays exploring how various modern medical treatments work on a cellular and molecular level. The course includes asynchronous work, which students are expected to complete between class sessions.

Registration Guidance & Call Number(s)

Please note, this course may have multiple classes being offered in a particular term. Students should only register for one class and with one call number.

To view detailed information on a particular offering, click on the call number to be directed to the Directory of Classes catalogue.

  • BIOS0301 | Call Number: 17526 (Sundays)
  • BIOS0301 | Call Number: 17527 (Saturdays)

Further guidance on the registration process can be found here.


Ugoo Anieto

Dr. Ugoo Anieto is an Instructional Assistant Professor with Texas A&M University. He obtained his doctorate degree in molecular biology from the University of North Texas in Denton Texas, his bachelor's and master's degrees from Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka Nigeria in applied microbiology and food microbiology respectively. He has been involved in undergraduate education for many years and has taught at the University of North Texas, Odessa College, Mississippi Valley State University, South Texas College and Texas Southmost College. He specializes in teaching Introductory biology and microbiology courses. In addition to these courses, he has taught courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics and environmental science. He is currently involved in undergraduate research efforts in the area of phages (viruses that infect bacteria) and in antimicrobial compounds.

Frank Ciulla

Frank Ciulla holds a B.A. with honors in chemistry from Oberlin College and an M.A. in molecular biology from Columbia University. He did research at Harvard Medical School, where he located and sequenced hormone genes, and Columbia University, where he studied gene regulation in bacteria and cancer-causing viruses. Ciulla has been a faculty member at The Collegiate School, Regis High School, and New York University. He has taught Pre-Engineering Physics and Advanced Science Topics at Columbia. Ciulla is the president and owner of Hudson Educational Services, where he tutors students in all levels of math and science, and he writes textbooks for online publication.

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