Biology 635/835,

Developmental Genetics Syllabus

Spring 1999, Dr. Doerder

This course is concerned with the molecular genetics of developmental systems, broadly defined. Each week will be devoted to a specific topic. Thursdays will be devoted to background information on the topic, followed by rotating student-led discussion of one or more recent papers on the following Tuesday; in some cases, two weeks will be devoted to the topic. Extensive use will be made of original and review literature and Internet resources.

Topics:

TOPIC

# WEEKS

Macronuclear development in ciliates

3

Positional information in single cell systems

2

Homeobox genes

1

Early development in Drosophila

2

Development in Caenorhabditis

2

Zebrafish

2

Comparative sex determination mechanisms

1

Flower development in Arabidopsis

2

15

Grading: class participation (30%); occasional essays/take-home exams (70%).

Office hour: after class