Course Identification

Biology module: Developmental biology

Lecturers and Teaching Assistants

Dr. Eyal Schejter

Course Schedule and Location

Second Semester
Tuesday, 09:00 - 10:30, San Martin, seminar room
Thursday, 09:00 - 10:30, San Martin, seminar room

Field of Study, Course Type and Credit Points

Science Teaching (non thesis MSc Track): Lecture; Obligatory; 2.00 points


Twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00-10:30) beginning 26.3.19 and ending 28.5.19
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Language of Instruction


Attendance and participation


Grade Type

Numerical (out of 100)

Grade Breakdown (in %)


Evaluation Type

Take-home exam

Scheduled date 1

The date for handing in the take-home exam in my course is June 12.

Estimated Weekly Independent Workload (in hours)



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:

  1. Elaboration of fundamental concepts in developmental biology, such as induction, morphogen gradients and master regulators;
  2. Key molecular pathways mediating developmental signaling;
  3. Development and differentiation of major physiological systems and organs;
  4. Utilization of basic cell biological systems such as cytoskeletal organization and protein trafficking in promoting developmental processes;
  5. Specialized issues such as the roles of programmed cell death and stem cells during development.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in fundamental principles in the field of developmental biology and in universal features of development shared by multi-cellular organisms.
  2. Comprehend underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency at the application of classical and modern genetic experimental approaches to the study of the development of biological research.

Reading List

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