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Bio 306

Developmental Biology

The purpose of the course is to explore the developmental mechanisms that allow single cells to divide and differentiate into complex, multicellular organisms.  This entails learning through historical perspectives, model experimental organisms, and current research and technologies.  We will study some classic invertebrate examples to demonstrate specific mechanisms as well as current vertebrate developmental systems.  During the course, you will become familiar with the current literature, using primary literature sources for discussions, for ideas to design experiments, and for class presentations.

In this course, you will be learning to think like developmental biologists. During class, we will discuss the current understanding of theories, mechanisms and research in developmental biology.  We will read and discuss recently published articles that present significant contributions to our understanding of the key concepts and current state of research for sometimes controversial issues in developmental biology.

My goal is to prepare you to knowledgably discuss issues in development during lecture and devise methods to answer developmental questions in lab. You will collaborate with your peers on several projects.  The laboratory portions of the course will includes a group collaborative research project that you will spend the first half of the semester researching and designing.  After Spring Break, you will be performing, analyzing, and be presenting your experiments. This will culminate in a conference style poster session during the final lab period.