Teaching |




Steve Alexander in collaboration with Professor Mark Hannink (Department of Biochemisty) teaches Cancer Biology (Biological Sciences 4978/7978 or Biochemistry 4460/7978).

This capstone course covers our contemporary understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of cancer based on the exciting research of the past 40 years. This course traces the research developments and explores how they are being used today to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. The course has lectures and discussions based on readings from the original literature. This year’s syllabus and reading list is attached below.

Steve’s past teaching has included General Biology, Developmental Biology, Human Genetic Diseases, Basic Cell Biology, and Advanced Cell Biology. Steve has also given many talks to lay audiences on Cancer and Cancer Research.


Hannah Alexander currently teaches Biological Sciences 8725 – Science outreach: Public Understanding of Science.

This course is part of a program aimed to promote public understanding of science through a series of presentations – The “Science and Me” series – that explain current issues pertaining to our daily lives, and depict how science is behind accomplishments in these issues. We wish to increase awareness to the fact that the medicines we use, the vaccines that we need to get every year, the food we eat, the hi-tech items that we use, the way we approach aging problems, our ability to do corrective eye surgery, the emission standards that we impose, and so on, are all the results of the cumulative work of thousands of scientists all over the world, who work to understand basic phenomena, to share their knowledge between different scientific disciplines, and to help translate that knowledge, and bring it to the pharmacy, the bedside, the food industry, the farming industry, the factories, urban planning and government policies.