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: TBD
Room and Board: TBD
Financial Assistance Available: Yes

2016 Lecture Schedule (PDF)

Directors: Richard 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 the modern issues of developmental biology. Limited to 24 students.

The integrated lectures and laboratories provide a comprehensive coverage of the paradigms, problems, and technologies of modern developmental biology, cast within a framework of metazoan evolution. Students are exposed to a wide variety of embryonic systems, including intensively studied genetic model systems ( e.g. C. elegans , Drosophila , zebrafish mouse) and others with well-established experimental attributes ( e.g. chick, sea urchins, frogs, ascidians). In addition, students will be introduced to a wide range of emerging systems, including locally available marine organisms, that help fill in the evolutionary history of animal diversity ( e.g. cnidarians, nemerteans, planaria, crustaceans, mollusks, and annelids) and that are becoming established as experimental systems in their own right. This broad coverage of metazoan phylogeny allows for the analyses of the developmental strategies that drive evolutionary change. Analytical and experimental techniques used to explore invertebrate and vertebrate development include embryological manipulation (e.g. cell ablation, tissue grafting), molecular genetic ( e.g. RNAi, electroporation) and cell biology approaches ( e.g. analysis of cell lineage and migratory behaviour), and microscopic and imaging technologies (e.g. confocal and 3-D time lapse), using state-of-the-art instrumentation and methodology. Conceptual topics include cell specification and differentiation, pattern formation, embryonic axis formation, morphogenesis, intercellular signaling, transcriptional regulation, organogenesis, and modern comparative embryology.

2016 Course Faculty & Lecturers

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, Richard, 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