Paula Gregory, Ph.D.
Guenevere Rae, Ph.D.
Co-Course Directors



  • Mitzi Glover, Ph.D.
  • Paula Gregory, Ph.D.
  • Tom Lallier, Ph.D.
  • Guenevere Rae, Ph.D.

Course Description:

Anatomy 192 - Cell Biology and Microscopic Anatomy - 5 cr.

This course entails the study of cell biology, cytology, and histology.  The first part of the course focuses on an overview of the morphologic, physiologic, and biochemical aspects of cells and tissues.  The remainder (largest segment) of the course emphasizes the histology and histophysiology of organ systems.  The goal of this course is to give students an understanding of cell and tissue biology, which will be helpful whether one pursues clinical medicine or a career in research.

The course is divided approximately half and half by lectures and laboratory sessions.  Each day begins with a lecture and ends with the corresponding laboratory period.  Virtual microscopy (Aperio) is used for the laboratory exercises, where students learn the microscopic attributes of normal tissues and organs.  This course is a necessary prerequisite for the Pathology course, which is taught during the second year of medical school.  The virtual slides are also available outside of the classroom.  Students use their own laptop computers.  Instructors are available in the labs to guide students and answer questions.  There are also videos ("Visual Histology") available both in and out of class.

Our class sessions correlate (when feasible) with topics being taught in the Gross and Developmental Anatomy course.  This is beneficial to students taking both courses concurrently.

Lecture Topics:

  • Cell Biology
  • Epthelial Tissue
  • Connective Tissue
  • Muscle Tissue
  • Nerve Tissue
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Repiratory System
  • Bone
  • Peripheral Blood
  • Hemopoiesis and Bone Marrow
  • Eye
  • Lymphatic System
  • Integumentary System
  • Oral Cavity
  • Ear
  • Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Liver, Gall Bladder, Pancreas
  • Urinary System
  • Endocrine System
  • Female Reproductive System
  • Male Reporductive System