Cell Biology: Cell Cycle
I don't really write reviews on this thing, but Professor Colicelli was just so concerned about student learning that it just surprised me. He definitely thinks about his lecture and presentation and plans out demonstrations for class to elaborate his points. He's very patient in class and during office hours. I learned a lot and I had fun, what more can you ask for right?
super concerned about student learning. would take time to stop during class and go over any slides before the class gets too lost, etc. funny dry humor type of professor. his tests were doable...just have to memorize everything on the slides. i felt so honored to have him as a professor since he was one of the main forerunners in histone research. he's super legit
CHEM 184: Do not take this professor unless you have the whole sets of old paper. He is too demanding. If you are taking one or two classes, it might be okay. But with three or four classes, you will fall behind within the first week and will never catch up with the material again. Exams are super-hard (You don't even know whether the problems are from 184 material.) and insanely long, making slow-paced people hard to pass. He will find anything to mark you down. His grading schemes are questionable too. I know some people got B's even though they did not finished their lab. He's one of those obnoxious people who takes the attitude that "life's going to treat you like shit so I'm going to treat you like shit - that way you'll be conditioned". This class was the most time-consuming class that I had at UCLA and ruined my transcript. Plus I came out learning nothing.
Dr. Shuai was a relief after the three weeks of Dr. Grunstein. Don't get me wrong, Grunstein was an amazing professor (and if you look him up, a figurehead in the histone field), but he went over so much material in such a short amount of time that it was difficult to keep up with him and his expectations. Dr. Shuai had a very limited range of material, but made sure to go very in-depth, he stressed the basics so that we could build off a solid foundation once we hit the cancer lectures. He always asked us if we had questions before moving on to a new topic, and if he sensed the smallest hesitation on our part, would make sure to go over the topics that we had trouble on. He really stressed conceptual understanding of the material... on our "final" he maybe had 3 out of 7 questions that asked us to design experiments related to some of the regulatory pathways for apoptosis and cyclin... we therefore weren't expected to memorize pointless details, but to have a grasp of the concepts behind the topics. Overall, he was a great teacher, and my favorite of the MCDB M 140 Professors (who were all great to begin with)