In a recent 4-star review, Doody's Review Service declared that Principles of Cell Biology by George Plopper "makes learning cell biology enjoyable, in a nonintimidating and principle-driven manner, without loss of content or lack of essential details."
Read more excerpts from reviewer, Harris S. Goodman, MD, from Saint Francis Memorial Hospital,
"Designed for introductory cell biology courses with an emphasis on eukaryotic cells, the book presents cell biology in a more integrative fashion, with liberal use of analogies, diagrams, and novel artwork. The author succeeds in explaining difficult concepts in a clear and easy-to-understand fashion.
The book is written for college-level introductory cell biology courses, and thus is designed for general biology, molecular biology, physiology, and bioengineering students. It also provides a solid foundation for advanced medical, dental, and bioengineering students. The author, a professor in the department of biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, earned a PhD in cell and developmental biology at Harvard University, with postdoctoral training in cell biology at The Scripps Institute.
After addressing the fundamental molecular building blocks of all cells, the book covers specific topics in cell biology. Its approach, focusing on a single principle per chapter (such as protein synthesis and sorting or the endomembrane system and membrane trafficking), allows a more unifying view of the cell. Analogies are relevant, interesting, and appropriate, and diagrams and artwork are crisp and clear. Separate margin boxes clarify difficult passages and concepts, and chapter summaries gel chapter principles. Concept Check Questions and their answers test comprehension. A companion website offers additional interactive activities for learning."