B20
Course Coordinator: 
Hiroshi Watanabe
Introductory Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Description: 

This course will provide an introduction to Evolutionary Biology focusing on the developmental process of multicellular organisms for students with and without an undergraduate background in this field. Two major goals in this course will be to understand evolutionary changes in development and to learn modern creatures and technologies employed for addressing issues in evolutionary developmental biology.This course presents the basic principles and recent findings in evolutionary developmental biology.

Aim: 
This course presents the basic principles and recent findings in evolutionary developmental biology.
Detailed Syllabus: 
  1. Animal phylogeny
  2. Gain and loss in evolution
  3. Gene homology
  4. Cell homology
  5. Gene expression
  6. Basic body plan I: Embryogenesis
  7. Basic body plan II: Main body axes
  8. Basic body plan III: Main body axes
  9. Signaling pathways and gene regulatory networks
  10. Body axes in basal metazoans
  11. Multicellularity
  12. Research tools I: Genome/transcriptome analysis and molecular phylogeny
  13. Research tools II: New animal models
  14. Research tools III: Gene function analysis
Course Type: 
Elective
Credits: 
2
Assessment: 
Midterm Reports 60% (2 x 30%), Final Exam 40%
Text Book: 
None
original papers will be supplied as required
Reference Book: 
Animal Evolution Interrelationships of the Living Phyla, 3 Edn, by Nielsen (2011) Oxford University Press
Developmental Biology, 11 Edn, by Gilbert and Barresi (2016) Sinauer
The Evolution of Organ Systems, by Schmidt-Rhaesa (2007) Oxford University Press
Evolutionary Transitions to Multicellular Life Principles and mechanisms, by Ruiz-Trillo and Nedelcu (2015) Springer
Prior Knowledge: 

No prior knowledge assumed