The course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of developmental biology, and to explore the modern interface between this "classic" discipline, and the fields of molecular and cell biology. A major focus of the course material will be on the identification, characterization and understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying development, made possible by genetic experimental approaches used in the study of model organisms such as Drosophila (fruitfly), C. elegans (worm), zebrafish and mice. Emphasis will be placed on the unifying principles governing animal development, and on their far-reaching impact on issues such as evolution and human health.
Specific topics to be covered include:
Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:
Scott Gilbert and Michael Barresi, Developmental Biology, 11th edition (2016). In particular-
Chapter 1. Making New Bodies: Mechanisms of Developmental Organization
Chapter 2. Specifying Identity: Mechanisms of Developmental Patterning
Chapter 9. The Genetics of Axis Specification in Drosophila