Goal: The goal of this course is to develop critical reading skills for graduate students and to expose them to major paradigm advances in specialized fields of molecular and cellular biology. To advance active learning and participation, this course is designed to bring small groups of students together with faculty who are expert in a given area. Faculty (2/section) will choose papers that highlight major advances (technical and/or intellectual) and that form a narrative of discovery. Faculty will provide a historical background to the problem addressed by the paper, review special techniques used in the paper and challenge students to develop their own ideas for how to address the major questions in the field. 

Organization: Students will be assigned to sections run by a pair of faculty experts. Class meeting location and times will vary and will be posted by the instructors for each section. Topics will be announced mid-winter quarter © K.B. Kaplan 2012