Developmental biology and genetics

A.Y. 2017/2018
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The main goal of this course is to enable students to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying cellular differentiation and development of multicellular organisms
Expected learning outcomes
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The model organisms most commonly used in Developmental Genetics and Biology will be presented.
Differentiation and morphogenesis processes will be analyzed at a genetic and molecular level, in order to understand how cells of the same organism can differentiate into distinct cell types and organize into complex structures.
Significant examples of animal development and plant development will be discussed, with a particular emphasis on the zebrafish and Arabidobpsis model systems, respectively.

Reference Material
All teaching material will be made available on the Ariel website. The course is mainly based on recent scientific literature in the field (relevant original papers and review articles will be listed on the Ariel webpage)

Prerequisites and exam evaluation
A good basic knowledge of genetics, molecular biology, and developmental biology is required (???).
Students will take a written exam with open questions for the plant developmental biology and genetics part of the course, and they will undergo an oral examination for the animal developmental biology and genetics part of the course. A final mark will be given, taking into account the results achieved in the written and oral exams.

Teaching methods
Lessons will be based on powerpoint presentations and interactive discussions. Students will be stimulated to critically analyze experimental data from original papers and draw conclusions. Experts in the field of developmental biology and genetics will be invited to cover specific aspects of the course.

Language of instruction

Program information
Powerpoint presentations and lists of reference papers/book chapters will be made available through the Ariel website
BIO/18 - GENETICS - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours