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 I
  2. Animal phylogeny II
  3. Gene homology
  4. Practice: Molecular Phylogeny
  5. Gene expression
  6. Signaling pathways I
  7. Signaling pathways II
  8. Research tools for EvoDevo I
  9. Research tools for EvoDevo II
  10. New Animal Models
Course Type: 
Elective
Credits: 
2
Assessment: 
Midterm Reports 70% (2 x 35%), Presentation 30%
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