Cell Biology - BIOLOGIA GENERALE E CELLULARE: I (2014/2015)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Massimo Crimi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I sem. dal Oct 1, 2014 al Jan 30, 2015.

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Lesson timetable

I sem.
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall D  
Tuesday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall A  
Friday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Gino Tessari  

Learning outcomes

The cell biology course (I and II) focuses on the main features of the prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell, on structure and function of sub-cellular compartments, on cell division and cytological techniques. The origin of life on Earth and the origin of the cells will also be considered in this course.
The laboratory will support the understanding of the theory and will enable the students to use optical microscope and prepare simple experiments.


Origin of life, evolution of the cell. The macromolecules of life: lipids, proteins, nucleic acids and polysaccharides. The cell structure: General organization. The membrane: structure and function. The cellular compartments: structure and function of endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus, lysosomes and peroxysomes. Bioenergetics of the cell: structure and function of mitochondria and chloroplasts. Cell motility and shape: Microfilaments, Microtubules and Intermediate Filaments. The nucleus, structure of the nuclear envelope and DNA organization. Specific plant cell compartments, plastids, vacuole and glioxysomes; structure of the cell wall.

Assessment methods and criteria

Multiple choice test plus oral examination.