Developmental Biology of Animals


About this course

This course prepares you for being a researcher in the field of developmental biology of animals. Drawing from a broad selection of vertebrate and invertebrate model species, it covers a wide range of topics from embryology and postnatal development to evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) and regeneration. We specifically focus on a hands-on-experience, allowing you to design, execute and analyze your own experiments.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • summarize the characteristics of a range of popular vertebrate and invertebrate model species;
  • understand and explain fundamental processes in embryonic/postnatal development and regeneration (e.g. cell-cell signaling, gene regulation, cell motion, epigenetic modifications)
  • understand how embryonic development is related to micro- and macroevolutionary changes;
  • understand and use some molecular techniques (e.g. DNA extraction, RNA extraction, gene expression (qPCR, ISH);
  • understand how to use software in research (e.g. extract features from experimental data and perform simulations)
  • design and execute an experiment, to collect and analyze data, to critically reflect on the results (discussion) and to report the experiment to peers and teachers.

Teaching method and examination

Final grading is based on:

  • two reports (10% each) and a presentation of the laboratory exercises (10%). The reports and presentation are made in pairs.

  • written exam with open questions (70%)

The report and presentation marks remain valid for five years.

Required prior knowledge

Mandatory Knowledge:
ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety
Assumed Knowledge:
CBI10306 Cell biology; EZO10306 Human and animal biology I; HAP20306 Human and animal biology, part 2

Link to more information

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  • Start date

    13 mei 2024

    • Ends
      5 juli 2024
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      Period 6
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    Enrolment period closed
  • Start date

    12 mei 2025

    • Ends
      4 juli 2025
    • Term *
      Period 6
    • Location
    • Instruction language
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These offerings are valid for students of Utrecht University