Developmental Biology at Amherst College


 

Biology 220

Course Schedule - Fall 2011

 

Sep. 7 1 Introduction/Gametogenesis
Sep. 9, 12, 14 2-4 Gametogenesis
Sep. 16, 19 5-6 Fertilization/Early Invertebrate Development
Sep 21, 23, 26, 28 7-10 Early Invertebrate Development
Sep. 30, Oct. 3 11-12

Mechanisms of Cell Specification

Oct. 5, 7, 12 13-15 Communication and Signaling
Oct. 10 ------

Fall Break

Oct. 19, 21, 24 16-18 Axis Specification in Drosophila 
Oct. 26, 28, 31 19-21 Axis Formation in Amphibians 
Nov. 2, 4, 7 22-24 Early Development of Vertebrates 
Nov. 16, 18, 28 25-27 The Tetrapod Limb 
Nov. 19-27 ---- Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 30, Dec. 2, 5, 7 28-31 Sex and Germ Cell Determination 
Dec. 9, 12, 14 32-34 Evo-Devo 

Exams and Review


Review Session Oct. 14  
EXAM I Oct. 17 Lectures 1-12
Review Session
Nov. 11
 
EXAM II Nov. 14 Lectures 13-21
Review Session Dec. 14  
EXAM III Exam Week Lectures 22-34
     

Wednesday Lecture Schedule

Oct. 19 Vertebrate Developmental Anatomy: Ectodermal Derivatives (brain, CNS, sense organs)
Oct. 26 Vertebrate Developmental Anatomy: Ectodermal Derivatives (neural crest)
Nov. 2 Vertebrate Developmental Anatomy: Ectodermal Derivatives (somatic, autonomic, epidermis)
Nov. 9 Vertebrate Developmental Anatomy: Mesodermal Derivatives (somites, lateral plate)
Nov. 16 Vertebrate Developmental Anatomy: Mesodermal Derivatives (muscle, circulation, kidney)
Nov. 30 Vertebrate Developmental Anatomy: Endodermal Derivatives and Extraembryoniic Structures
Dec 14 Vertebrate Developmental Anatomy Quiz

 

N.B.

First lab will be in the second week of the course.

This schedule (updated) is available on http:/www.amherst.edu/~dlpoccia or Blackboard

Textbook web page is on http://www.zygote.devbio.com



READING ASSIGNMENTS

Developmental Biology, 9th Ed, S. Gilbert



TOPIC PAGES 
Introduction  Chap. 1, 2
Gametogenesis  600-613
Fertilization  Chap. 4
Early Invertebrate Development  Chap. 5
Mechanisms of Cell Specification  109-119
Communication and Signaling  Chap. 3
Axis Specification in Drosophila  Chap. 6
Axis Formation in Amphibians  Chap. 7
Early Development of Vertebrates  Chap. 8
The Tetrapod Limb  Chap. 13 and 583-598
Sex and Germ Cell Determination  Chap. 14, 583-598
Evo-Devo  Chap. 19



LABS



WEEK  TOPIC 
1 NO LAB 
2 Frog Development 
3 Newt Oocytes 
4 Sea Urchin Development 
5 Sea Urchin Development 
6 Tadpole Thin Sectioning 
7 Tadpole Thin Sectioning
8 BREAK 
9  Fly Developmental Mutants 
10 Fish Development; Nematode Mutants 
11 Chick Development 
12 Chick Development 
13 Flatworm Regeneration 
14 Flatworm Regeneration 
15 Clean Up 








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