Developmental Biology at Amherst College


 

Biology 221

Course Schedule - Spring 2016

 

Jan 25 1 Introduction/Gametogenesis
Jan 27, 29, Feb 1 2-4 Gametogenesis
Feb 3, 5 5-6 Fertilization
Feb 8, 10, 12, 15 7-10 Early Invertebrate Development
Feb 17, 19 11-12

Mechanisms of Cell Specification

Feb 22, 24, 26 13-15 Communication and Signaling
Mar 4, 7, 9 16-18

Axis Specification in Drosophila

Mar 11, 21, 23 19-21 Axis Formation in Amphibians 
Mar 14-18 ------ Sprng Break
Mar 25, 28, 30 22-24 Early Development of Vertebrates 
Apr 6, 8, 11 25-27 The Tetrapod Limb 
Apr13, 15 28-29 Sex Determination
Apr 18, 20 30-31 Germ Cell Determination 
Apr 22, 25, 27 32-34 Evo-Devo 

Exams and Review


Review Session Feb 29  
EXAM I Mar 2 Lectures 1-12
Review Session
Apr 1
 
EXAM II Apr 4 Lectures 13-21
Review Session May 6  
EXAM III Exam Week Lectures 22-34
     

Wednesday Lecture Schedule

Mar 9 Vertebrate Developmental Anatomy: Ectodermal Derivatives (brain, CNS, sense organs)
Mar 23 Vertebrate Developmental Anatomy: Ectodermal Derivatives (neural crest)
Mar 30 Vertebrate Developmental Anatomy: Ectodermal Derivatives (somatic, autonomic, epidermis)
Apr 6 Vertebrate Developmental Anatomy: Mesodermal Derivatives (somites, lateral plate)
Apr 13 Vertebrate Developmental Anatomy: Mesodermal Derivatives (muscle, circulation, kidney)
Apr 20 Vertebrate Developmental Anatomy: Endodermal Derivatives and Extraembryoniic Structures
May 4 Vertebrate Developmental Anatomy Quiz

 

 



READING ASSIGNMENTS

Developmental Biology, 10th Ed, S. Gilbert



TOPIC PAGES 
Introduction  Chap. 1
Gametogenesis  610-623
Fertilization  Chap. 4
Early Invertebrate Development  Chap. 5, 7
Mechanisms of Cell Specification  107-115
Communication and Signaling  Chap. 3
Axis Specification in Drosophila  Chap. 6
Axis Formation in Amphibians  Chap. 7
Early Development of Vertebrates  Chap. 8, 241-270
The Tetrapod Limb  Chap. . 13 and 583-598
Sex and Germ Cell Determination  Chap. 15, 591-609
Evo-Devo  Chap. 20



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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