Developmental Biology

Developmental Biology
Invertebrate and vertebrate developmental biology. Embryonic gastrulation, neurulation, pattering, etc. Modern approaches and research strategies. Emphasizes gene function, cell signaling, signal transduction during embryogenesis.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 1.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesMMBIO 240 & PDBIO 360
 RecommendedPDBio 325.
 TaughtFall, Winter
Course Outcomes

Invertebrate and Vertebrate Development

Students will be able to generally describe the early development (from fertilization to axis formation) of one invertebrate and one vertebrate model organism.

Embryonic Development

Students will be able to generally describe the concepts of cellular competence, induction, specification, commitment and differentiation in embryonic development.


Students will be able to give two examples of organogenesis, including genes and signal transduction pathways that lead to organ system formation.

Embryonic Patterning

Students will be able to explain embryonic patterning, using examples that include genes known to act in patterning events.

Interdisciplinary Developmental Biology

Students will be able to explain at least two concepts in developmental biology that overlap with other sciences, such as stem cell research, cancer research, evolutionary sciences, or neuroscience.

Research and Literature Summary

Students will be able to discern and summarize the current state of knowledge on a given topic, construct pioneering research questions on that topic, and propose experiments aimed at answering those questions.