Cell and Developmental Biology
The course Cell and Developmental Biology provides a conceptual framework to understand biological development ranging from the cellular level to the formation and integration of organs into a complete organism. The emphasis is on the mechanisms of development, illustrated using model organisms such as the nematode, fruit fly, mouse, Arabidopsis and explained in many instances down to the cellular and molecular levels.
Practical laboratory work may include:
- a study of plant cell differentiation and the action of plant hormones
- a cell culture lab
- examining C. elegans development mutants.
Student presentation of selected primary research articles highlight recent methods and advances in the field. The course consists of two sub-courses: Cell Biology (7.5 credits) and Developmental Biology (7.5 credits).