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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cell Biology: Cell-Cell Interactions

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX

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This is the final cell biology course in a four-part series. Building upon the concepts from biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology from our 7.00x Introductory Biology and 7.05x Biochemistry MOOCs, these cell biology courses transition to a comprehensive discussion of biology at an experimental level. How do we know what we know about cells at a molecular level and how can we use that knowledge to design experiments to test hypotheses in cell biology?

How do you go from a single cell to trillions of cells working together? And what happens when this amazing collective is confronted with pathogens? Professors Rebecca Lamason and Sebastian Lourido will challenge you to apply your foundational knowledge of cell biology to the next level. You will explore how cells function to maintain organism health and the consequences if these processes fail.

We developed the 7.06x Cell Biology series with an emphasis on:

  • Developing your scientific thinking skills including articulating hypotheses, performing thought experiments, interpreting data, and designing experiments.
  • Using data based on real scientific experiments and highlighting the scientific process in assessments.
  • Asserting that biology is an active field that changes daily through examples of research and relevance to medicine, not static information in a textbook.
  • Uniting themes and principles that inform how scientists conduct and interpret research.
  • Implementing the science of learning in the course design.


  • Cell Adhesion and Polarity
  • Morphogenesis, Stem Cells, and Regeneration
  • Cell Death and Autophagy
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Cell Biology of Immune Systems
  • Cancer and Metastasis

Taught by

Rebecca Lamason, Sebastian Lourido, Mary Ellen Wiltrout, Darcy Gordon and Caitlin Friend


5.0 rating, based on 3 Class Central reviews

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  • This was a great way to end MIT's Cell Bio series. While proteins, receptors, and the like are still important, the context is more familiar than inner-cell machinations: the structure of tissues (what holds epithelium together, and just how is a ti…
  • Anonymous
    I'm really excited about the intersection between biology and machine learning. When I first heard about DeepMind's Alphafold I struggled to understand practical use cases of protein structure prediction, especially given that x-ray crystallography…
  • Anonymous
    This course is very informative and is a great way to stay up-to-date with the latest advances in cell biology. I found this course to be well-structured and clear. I have completed all of the other MITx biology courses and I would suggest that you have the recommended prerequisites in order to gain the full value of the course.

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