BIOL 416 (Winter)

Genetics of Mammalian Development

D. Dufort (Coordinator) MUHC-RI GLEN EMO 3220 (514) 934-1934 x34743
T. Taketo  
(514) 934-1934 x34197
& staff      
3 credits (3-0-6)
BIOL 202, BIOL 300, BIOL 303 or permission.

This course aims to examine problems, theories, and experimental evidence on several concepts of mammalian developmental processes at molecular to organogenesis levels. Emphasis will be put on recent developments in the field and novel approaches to address various developmental issues.

1) Topics (selected from the following)

  • Gametogenesis
  • Preimplantation development
  • Stem cells
  • Implantation
  • Placental development
  • Body axis establishment
  • Kidney development
  • Muscle regeneration
  • Epigenetics

Selected research articles.
5 topics will be covered during the semester. Each topic will have an introductory overview given by the Instructor (or invited lecturer), followed by presentations of recent articles by students followed by a research seminar given by the Instructor responsible for each section. Students are expected to present 2 articles and write 2 critique from the articles presented in class. Emphasis will be put on identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each paper presented in order to develop critical thinking abilities.

Students will be evaluated on the basis of participation and discussion , presentations, and critiques.

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