Embryology: Concepts & Techniques in Modern Developmental Biology

SQUID: COMING TO LIFE, posted by Nipam Patel (U.C. Berkeley). These are a series of images and videos of squid development captured from 2007-2016 by students in Embryology: Concepts & Techniques in Modern Developmental Biology.

Course Information

Course Date: June 4 – July 17, 2017

Deadline: February 1, 2017 | Apply here

Tuition: $6000.00
Room and Board: $3020.75
Financial Assistance Available: Yes

2016 Lecture Schedule (PDF)

Directors: Rich Schneider, University of California San Francisco; and David Sherwood, Duke University

Course Description

An intensive six-week laboratory and lecture course for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and more senior researchers who seek a broad and balanced view of modern issues in developmental biology.  Limited to 24 students.

Established in 1893, the Embryology Course offers integrated lectures and laboratories that comprehensively cover the paradigms, problems, and technologies of modern developmental biology cast within a comparative framework of metazoan evolution. This course has a rich history of shaping the field with six students and eight faculty becoming Nobel Laureates, and many others being prominent leaders and pioneers.  Students are exposed to a wide variety of embryonic systems including well established and intensively studied models, both genetic (e.g., C. elegans, Drosophila, zebrafish, mouse) and experimental (e.g. chick, sea urchins, frogs, ascidians).  Students will also encounter a wide range of additional models that are equally important in their own right, including locally available marine organisms that help fill in the evolutionary history of animal diversity (e.g., cnidarians, nemerteans, planarians, crustaceans, mollusks, annelids, ctenophores).  This wide coverage of metazoan phylogeny allows for a close examination of developmental strategies and mechanisms that drive evolutionary change.  Hands-on analytical and experimental techniques used to explore invertebrate and vertebrate development involve embryological manipulation (e.g., cell ablation, tissue grafting) as well as molecular genetic (e.g., RNAi, electroporation) and cell biological approaches (e.g., analysis of cell lineage and migratory behavior).  Students will apply cutting-edge microscopy and imaging technologies (e.g., confocal and 3D time lapse) using state-of-the-art instrumentation, reagents, and methods.  Conceptual topics include cell specification and differentiation, pattern formation, embryonic axis formation, morphogenesis, intercellular signaling, transcriptional regulation, organogenesis, regeneration, evolutionary developmental biology, and comparative embryology.

2016 Course Faculty & Lecturers

2017 Faculty list coming soon

Arendt, Detlev, European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Behringer, Richard, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Collazo, Andres, California Institute of Technology
Degnan, Bernard, University of Queensland
Galliot, Brigitte, University of Geneva
Gibson, Matt, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Gillis, Andrew, Cambridge University
Grunwald, David, University of Utah
Lehmann, Ruth, NYU School of Medicine/HHMI
Hariharan, Iswar, University of California Berkeley
Harland, Richard, University of California Berkeley
Henry, Jonathan, University of Illinois
Holland, Linda, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Keller, Raymond, University of Virginia
Lowe, Chris, Stanford University
Maddox, Paul, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Martindale, Mark, University of Florida
McClay, David, Duke University
Niswander, Lee, University of Colorado
Ober, Elke, University of Copenhagen
Patel, Nipam, University of California Berkeley
Piotrowski, Tatjana, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Rohner, Nicolas, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Rokhsar, Daniel, University of California
Ronshaugen, Matthew, University of Manchester
Sánchez Alvarado, Alejandro, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Schneider, Rich, University of California, San Francisco
Seaver, Elaine, University of Florida
Seydoux, Geraldine, Johns Hopkins University
Sherwood, David, Duke University
Shubin, Neil, University of Chicago
Stathopoulos, Angelike, California Institute of Technology
Stern, Claudio, University College London
Streit, Andrea, King’s College London
Trainor, Paul, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Wallingford, John, University of Texas
Wikramanayake, Athula, University of Miami
Zeller, Robert, San Diego State University

Course Support

This course is supported with funds provided by:

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
March of Dimes
Society for Developmental Biology