Islet Biology II: Beyond Glucose Control: Molecular Targets, Diagnostics and Cutting-Edge Technologies

BCH 2140

This 1/4 FCE graduate-level course is an extension of Islet Biology I and will focus on expanding the fundamental aspects of pancreatic islet biology in an effort to prepare students to deliver more and better diagnostics and therapies. This clinical insight and exposure will provide a broad biochemical interpretation to an assortment of endocrinological and metabolic diseases. We will evaluate molecular targets and cell dysfunction in disease. Discussion of state-of-the-art research techniques and technologies (cell imaging, gene targeting, RNAi/CRISPR, drug targeting/screening) will also be woven into the lectures at appropriate points. Additionally, disease heterogeneity and clinical progression and treatment targets will be covered.


Please see below for Sign up procedure:

ONLY students who are approved for BCH 2139H – Islet Biology I: From Gene to Cell to Organ to Disease, may take this course.  Completion of BCH 2139H is required to take BCH 2140H.

Deadline to submit a request is: Monday November 10, 2023 (5:00 PM EST)

Please refer to sign up instructions on BCH 2139H course page.



Add date – Deadline to submit request – Monday November 10, 2023 (5:00 PM EST)

Drop date – Students have until the day before the first class to drop the course.  Students can only drop the course after the first class with the permission of the instructor.

Course syllabus subject to change


Course Next Offered

March 2023

Course Time and Location

Time: Wednesdays 1-4 EST
Start Date: March 27 2024
End Date: May 1 2023

Date of class: Monday 1-4 pm

Mar 27 Lecture 1
April 3 Lecture 2
Apr 10 Lecture 3
Apr 17 Lecture 4
Apr 24 Lecture 5
May 1 Lecture 6

Enrollment Limit

Yes — 15

5 spots are reserved for Biochemistry grad students

Method of Student Evaluation

Participation: 25%
Writing Assignment: 75%


Robert Screaton

Robert Screaton

Sunnybrook Research Institute
2075 Bayview Avenue, Room M7 617

416-480-6100 X 5743

Erin Mulvihill

Last Updated 16 October 2023