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Professor David Sadava, Ph.D.

Professor David Sadava
  • City of Hope Medical Center, Claremont Colleges
  • University of California, San Diego
The DNA double helix, discovered in 1953, is one of the great icons of science in our society, rivaling the atom in its pervasiveness in our culture.

Dr. David Sadava is Adjunct Professor of Cancer Cell Biology at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, CA, and the Pritzker Family Foundation Professor of Biology, Emeritus, at The Claremont Colleges. Professor Sadava graduated from Carleton University as the science medalist with a B.S. with first-class honors in biology and chemistry. A Woodrow Wilson Fellow, he earned a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California, San Diego. Following postdoctoral research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, he joined the faculty at Claremont, where he twice won the Huntoon Award for Superior Teaching and received numerous other faculty honors. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Colorado and at the California Institute of Technology. Professor Sadava has held numerous research grants and written more than 55 peer-reviewed scientific research papers, many with his undergraduate students as coauthors. His research concerns resistance to chemotherapy in human lung cancer, with a view to developing new, plant-based medicines to treat this disease. He is the author or coauthor of five books, including the recently published 10th edition of a leading biology textbook, Life: The Science of Biology, as well as a new biology textbook, Principles of Life.

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"Excellent!  I'm impressed with the ability of Dr. Sadava to make a complicated subject so easy and fully comprehensive.  Excellent teacher!"

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23 Courses and Sets

  1. Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications

    Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications

    David Sadava
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    We use it routinely to cure diseases, solve crimes, and reunite families. Yet we've known about it for only 60 years. And what we're continuing to learn about it every day has the potential to transform our health, our nutrition, our society, and our future. It is DNA—deoxyribonucleic acid, the self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms. Join award-winning teacher, author, and scientist...
  2. What Science Knows about Cancer

    What Science Knows about Cancer

    David Sadava
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Few global challenges touch humanity with as much immediacy or ubiquity as cancer. The good news is that the landscape of cancer treatment and prevention is a vastly different place than it was even a decade ago. What Science Knows about Cancer reports from the front lines of the war on cancer with a clear and scientifically precise—yet thoroughly accessible—guide to how the disease develops, thrives, and can...
  3. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    The Great Courses has introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest ideas out there. Enjoy a collection of 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines. Religious writings that may have been forged; a universal template of world myths; the science of tasting colors—Join us for an intriguing tour of big ideas!
  4. (Set) What Science Knows about Cancer & Stress and Your Body  Set

    (Set) What Science Knows about Cancer & Stress and Your Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  5. (Set) Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications; Understanding the Brain; & The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal  Set

    (Set) Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications; Understanding the Brain; & The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.85 Starting at $749.85 $884.85 $749.85$884.85
    Embark on three captivating scientific journeys through the secrets of the human body with this course set taught by experts in their respective fields. In Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications, learn how scientific understanding of life's building blocks has vastly improved the health and quality of our lives. Then, get an in-depth view at the inner workings of the human brain with...
  6. (Set) Science of Self & Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications  Set

    (Set) Science of Self & Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Uncover fascinating secrets about the world of human genetics in this two-course set that takes you to the heart of recent scientific findings. First, investigate how the field of genomics—the study of the information contained in our chromosomes—has addressed age-old mysteries about ourselves with The Science of Self. Next, unlock the mysteries of genetics in Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and...
  7. (Set) Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications & Origins of Life  Set

    (Set) Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications & Origins of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  8. (Set) What Science Knows about Cancer & Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications  Set

    (Set) What Science Knows about Cancer & Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications

    David Sadava
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  9. (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Understanding Genetics  Set

    (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Understanding Genetics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  10. (Set)  The Rise of Humans & Understanding Genetics Set

    (Set) The Rise of Humans & Understanding Genetics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  11. (Set) Biology: The Science of Life & Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications  Set

    (Set) Biology: The Science of Life & Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $479.90 Starting at $479.90 $954.90 $479.90$954.90
    Unlock the secrets of two astounding scientific realms in this course set that introduces you to the untold marvels of life on Earth. In Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications, peer over the shoulder of a working scientist to grasp the meaning and importance of this amazing field. Then, explore the principles of how living things work in Biology: The Science of Life, which takes you to...
  12. (Set)  What Science Knows About Cancer & Practicing Mindfulnes Set

    (Set) What Science Knows About Cancer & Practicing Mindfulnes

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  13. (Set) The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal & What Science Knows about Cancer  Set

    (Set) The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal & What Science Knows about Cancer

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Investigate the body’s amazing powers, as well as how they sometimes go awry. Yet there is hope in how the body’s own defenses as well as new treatment options can attack and heal disease and injury. Find out in Dr. Anthony A. Goodman’s The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal, in which you’ll come to understand how medical conditions can disrupt the body’s normal functions, how...
  14. (Set) Biology: The Science of Life; Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications; & Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology  Set

    (Set) Biology: The Science of Life; Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications; & Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,254.85 Starting at $1,254.85 $1,474.85 $1,254.85$1,474.85
  15. (Set) What Science Knows about Cancer & Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age  Set

    (Set) What Science Knows about Cancer & Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  16. (Set) Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications & The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal  Set

    (Set) Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications & The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Enhance your understanding of the human body's marvelous inner workings in this revealing course set. Unlock the mysteries of genetics and learn how this fascinating field of science can help us solve significant problems in Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications. Then, continue exploring the human body with The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal, which reveals the intense drama that...
  17. (Set) Understanding the Brain & Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Brain & Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Master the science behind how our brains and our genetic code work with this intriguing two-course set. First, learn about recent, unparalleled advances in our knowledge of how the brain does what it does in Understanding the Brain. Then, unlock the secrets of genetics and discover how this fascinating field is helping us find meaningful solutions to today's greatest medical issues with Understanding Genetics: DNA,...
  18. (Set) Darwinian Revolution & Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications  Set

    (Set) Darwinian Revolution & Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Gain insights into the captivating scientific field of genetics with this two-course set taught by award-winning professors. In The Darwinian Revolution, explore the remarkable story of Darwin's ideas, how scientists and religious leaders reacted to them, and the resulting sea change in human thought. Then, delve even deeper into the world of genetics with Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World...
  19. (Set) Medical School for Everyone & What Science Knows About Set

    (Set) Medical School for Everyone & What Science Knows About

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
  20. Set: 1977,160,1956,1564 Set

    Set: 1977,160,1956,1564

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,104.80 Starting at $1,104.80 $1,299.80 $1,104.80$1,299.80
    Our bodies are made up of vastly complicated and endlessly fascinating systems. This four-course set will provide you with an enthralling view of your body, both inside and out. Look at healing like a doctor and learn about the intriguing details of pathophysiology - the study of the disruptions in a normal body's functions. Find out what science can tell us about cancer and get an in-depth view of your own anatomy....
  21. (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set

    (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Begin by exploring 36 ideas – philosophy, science and more – that have changed the face of civilization. Then, dive into ancient history and hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what the past has to offer.
  22. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $719.90 $499.90$719.90
  23. (Set) Foundations of Organic Chemistry & Understanding Genetics Set on sale

    (Set) Foundations of Organic Chemistry & Understanding Genetics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $475.00 Starting at $142.90 $164.90 $142.90$164.90
    How do chemistry and genetics work together to transform our health, our nutrition, our society, and our future? This set of science-based courses will open your eyes to the impact that modern experimentation in organic chemistry and genetics might have on the future of humanity. Explore decades of scientific discovery and the weighty implications for us, as individuals and as a society.