BIO320 Developmental Biology
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Course responsible: Hilde-Gunn Opsahl Sorteberg
Teachers: Romulo Sacramento Sobral
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
Limits of class size:
5 students should be assigned to give the course.
Teaching exam periods:
This course runs in the spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Every year.
First time: Study year 2005-2006
Developmental biology covers how cells first get their identity and might differentiate according to cell lineage, position and other factors. Practical challenges as cancer cell loss of regulation, is also within the topics covered. Examples of model organisms in developmental biology are covered, with emphasis on fruit fly, C elegans, Arabidopsis, macro algae and stem cell regulation. Principles of development and the significance of genetic regulation are illustrated by examples.
Understanding advanced gene regulation underlying the specification of different cell types in multicellular organisms. Students are to gain insight into recent research in the field of model organisms such as the fruit fly and Arabidopsis. Another aim is for students to be able to develop an understanding of choice of methods and research approaches used to solve problems and questions in developmental biology.
Lectures, introduction to all topics by students as lectures or reading assessments and colloquia.
Canvas and the teacher
Selected chapters from the text book Wolpert et al. (6 ed.) Principles of Development.
Primary Scientific Literature.
BIO200 or equivalent.
A general understanding of how genes are used, regulated and function is helpful, and so are general understanding of research, hypothesis testing and mutant studies.
Presentation of an introduction to a lecture or reading assessment. Students shall be attending at least 70% of the lectures.
Oral exam must
125 hours. 28 lectures, group work, presentations, problem solving
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:
Typically 14x2 hour lectures, including student active teaching
External examiner approves the exam and assess oral exams
Examination details: Oral exam: Letter grades