Developmental Biology

Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 2

Typically offered in

Spring semester

Course description
  1. History and basic concepts

  2. Morphogenesis of the main modell organisms, C. elegans, Drosophila, Xenopus, laboratory rat

  3. Organisation of the oocyte, epigenesis and preformation

  4. Structure of the sperm cell, molecular mechanism of the fertilisation

  5. Mechanisms of segmentation, origin of stem cells

  6. Genetics of axis specification in Drosophila and Xenopus

  7. The molecular basis of the gastrulation in Drosophila and Xenopus

  8. Function of segmentation genes: gap, pair-rule, segment polarity genes and the segment polarity genes

  9. Development of the paraxial and intermediate mezoderm

  10. The nerulation: classic and molecular approaches

  11. Neural crest cells and axonal specifity

  12. Organogenesis: the development of the limb and wing on Drosophila and in vertebrates

  13. The development of the vertebrate eye, liver, lung and pancreas

  14. Early development of the mammals, the function of the placenta

  15. Growth and postembrional development

  16. Regenaration

  17. Evolution and development

  • Principles of Development, Wolpert, L. Oxford Univ. Press. 2006

  • Developmental Biology Gilbert, S.F., Sinauer Ass., Inc., Sunderland, USA, 2006