INTD 570

The Interdepartmental (INTD) 570 (formerly Pathology 575): Frontiers in Pathology – Cellular Homeostasis Lecture Series is a 2-unit graduate course offered at the Keck School of Medicine of USC every spring semester. The course is coordinated by Drs. Hidekazu Tsukamoto, Keigo Machida, and Bangyan Stiles. The fundamental principle of the course is to offer graduate and post-graduate students the opportunities to directly learn from and interact with leading and cutting-edge scientists in respective fields relevant to cellular homeostasis. The class is taught by invited speakers and is open to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and anyone with an interest in the topic.

Course Description

Weekly research lectures by leading investigators in the field of cellular homeostasis held every Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Health Sciences Campus of USC.

Student Attendance

The student attendance will be recorded for all seminars. The last class will be the first Thursday in May. Students are required to attend a majority of the seminars.

Student Comprehension

The student will be required to understand the hypothesis and results obtained for key publication(s) by a lecturer, which will be available on Blackboard at least one week prior to each lecture. Immediately after each lecture, the students will have a separate Q&A discussion session with the speaker to help promote the understanding of the speaker´s research from both scientific and philosophical viewpoints. Following the lecture series, the student will prepare a 20-min summary presentation on a selected lecture topic. This presentation session will take place in the last 3 classes. Student presentations will be held in MMR 408 (conference room).

Student Evaluation

Each student will be evaluated by:

  1. Lecture participation in discussions (15%)
  2. Activity in student-lecturer discussion (20%)
  3. Leading student-lecturer discussion as a moderator (15%)
  4. A 20-min summary presentation on the selected paper (50%)

Student Presentation

Each PowerPoint presentation should be 20 min summarizing:

  1. Background
  2. A central hypothesis
  3. Key findings presented during a lecture
  4. Other studies related to the lecture
  5. Interpretation and conclusions including your own thoughts and opinions

Each presentation will be followed by a 10 min question/discussion session. Email your PowerPoint presentation to  the Course Directors or bring a CD or USB memory stick to MMR 412 by 11:00 a.m. of assigned Thursday (dates will be assigned later in the course).


Letter grading (A-C) will be given based on the above criteria.

If you have any questions, please contact the course coordinators:

Course Directors

Hidekazu Tsukamoto, D.V.M., Ph.D., FAASLD
Office: MMR 414
Tel: (323) 442-5107
Keigo Machida, Ph.D.
Office: HMR 503C
Tel: (323) 442-2692
Bangyan Stiles, PhD
Office: PSC 402C
Tel: (323) 442-2184