Have you ever wondered how your heart helps to pump blood throughout your body? Or why you are more likely to get sick when you are stressed? Or what makes up a cell? This course will provide answers to all of these questions (and more)! The course is an opportunity for non-science majors to gain a greater understanding of how the human body functions and how biomedical science addresses the needs of human health and disease. The course will introduce students to the cell and how it functions, how tissues and organs function in the body, and how diseases affect normal body function. In addition to weekly lectures, there will also be weekly laboratory sessions and two scheduled field trips in San Francisco.
Angela received her B.S. in Biology from The University of Tampa, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms of cell death in Alzheimer's disease (AD). In particular, she is studying the toxic properties of amyloid-beta, a protein that accumulates in the brain of patients with AD.