Developmental Biology of AnimalsOrganization logo: Wageningen University & Research

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.

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

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  • Start date

    13 mei 2024

    • Ends
      5 juli 2024
    • Term *
      Period 6
    • Location
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    • Register between
      1 Jun, 00:00 - 7 Apr 2024
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