Biology of animal development

A.Y. 2021/2022
6
Max ECTS
48
Overall hours
SSD
BIO/06
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course will lead the graduate students towards the understanding of the biology of animal development. To this end, different biological models will be considered (Invertebrates/ Vertebrates), of which the various stages of development will be analyzed, starting from the genes, from the molecular and cellular mechanisms that characterize such stages, up to the acquisition of the definitive forms of the organism. It will also be an objective of the course "reading" the biology of animal development through evolutionary lenses (EvoDevo).
Expected learning outcomes
The course will allow the student to acquire the fundamental notions concerning the phases characterizing animal development using selected model organisms. The cultural baggage of the learner will be enriched by the knowledge of the way genetic information rules the cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern cell differentiation and animal development and how this function must be integrated with information brought by the environment. Furthermore, the course aims to educate the student about the links between development and evolutionary processes.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
The teaching will lead the graduate students towards the understanding of the biology of animal development. To this end, different biological models will be considered (Invertebrates/ Vertebrates), of which the various stages of development will be analyzed, starting from the genes, from the molecular and cellular mechanisms that characterize such stages, up to the acquisition of the definitive forms of the organism. It will also be an objective of the course "reading" the biology of animal development through evolutionary lenses (EvoDevo).
Prerequisites for admission
Genetics, Molecular Biology
Teaching methods
The interaction between the teacher and the students is based on frontal lessons supported by the production of material (taken from the reference text books and from the scientific literature) in the form of electronic slides which will be presented during classes and made available for download on the dedicated Ariel website. The use of the educational material made available is strongly recommended. In the classroom context, the students will be actively involved in the discussion of the topics concerning the program, so as to develop their critical skills, rework the acquired concepts and communicate them appropriately.
Finally, constant attendance at lessons is highly recommended.
Teaching Resources
· Gilbert SF, Barresi M, Developmental Biology, Sinauer.
· Gilbert SF, Epel D, Ecological Developmental Biology, Sinauer.
· Slack J, Essential developmental biology, Blackwell Science.
· Wolpert L, Biologia dello sviluppo, Zanichelli.
· The scientific publications examined during classes represent a main part of the study program.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an oral test.
Day and time of the exam are always published on the SIFA website, the place not necessarily. In the event that SIFA does not provide this information, please consult the 'EXAMS OF THE DAY' list posted in the hall of the Department of Biosciences (DBS), via Celoria 26, on the day of the test.
BIO/06 - COMPARATIVE ANATOMY AND CYTOLOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Educational website(s)
Professor(s)
Reception:
Ask for an appointment via email
Biosciences Dept, building (torre) B, 7th floor