Fall 2014

Developmental Biology

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-221

Formerly listed as: BIOL-22

Moodle site: Course


Dominic L. Poccia (Section 01)


How can a single cell, the fertilized egg, give rise to all the specialized cells of an adult? What gives rise to biological form?  What is the molecular logic of the pathways that progressively refine cellular identities? How do cells "talk" to one another so as to coordinate their behaviors as embryos develop form and function? How can parts of an organism be regenerated with only the appropriate regions remade, structured identically to the missing ones? How does a stem cell differ from a non-stem cell? How can genetically identical organisms be cloned? This course will offer an integrative study of the development of animals, leading to the formulation of the principles of development, including an introduction to experimental embryology and developmental physiology, anatomy, genetics and "evo-devo." Laboratory work explores embryonic development and regeneration in amphibians, sea urchins, nematodes, flatworms, fruit flies, fish, and chickens.  Four classroom hours and three hours of laboratory per week.

Requisite: BIOL 191. Not open to first-year students. Limited to 16 students. Fall semester. Professor Poccia.

If Overenrolled: First preference to senior majors, then seniors in related disciplines, then junior majors, etc.


2015-16: Offered in Spring 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2014