Bio 32 (Vertebrate Embryology): Introduction to the developmental anatomy of vertebrae embryos, including humans, in an evolutionary context, through lecture, discussion and microscope slide study. Topics discussed are gametogenesis, fertilization, cleavage, gastrulation and the formation of germ layers and organ systems.
Bio 50 (Cell and Molecular Biology): This course examines the structure and function of the basic unit of an organism, the cell. An experimental approach is used to examine cellular functions, ranging from gene transcription, cell division and protein secretion, to cell motility, and signal transduction. Relevance to disease, biotechnological application, and social context will be considered.
Bio 131/231 (Analysis of Development): Considers mechanisms underlying development. Topics discussed are gamete interactions, establishment of body plans, cell signaling and tissue interactions, morphogenetic pattern formation, developmental regulation of gene expression, and the evolutionary conservation of developmental processes. Primary literature will be discussed in sections. Laboratory involves work with live embryos.
Bio 195/196: Independent Study and Undergraduate Honors Theses.
Bio 232 Current Topics in Developmental Biology: This course is a critical evaluation of current research trends in developmental biology conducted in seminar/discussion format. The to pics vary each semester. I have discussed Genetics of Cellular Signaling, Cell Interactions and Morphogen Modulations and Signal transduction and points of regulation.