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Course module: BMB506508
Developmental Genetics
Course info
Course codeBMB506508
ECTS Credits1.5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Cancer, Stem Cells and Development Biology;
Contact personprof. dr. S.J.L. van den Heuvel
Telephone030 2533573
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. S.J.L. van den Heuvel
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
MASTER  (21/08/2017 to 18/08/2018)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Course goals
Learning goals:
At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1. Know the state-of-the-art strategies and techniques used in research in C. elegans and Drosophila
2. Gain an understanding of genetics and how genetic analysis can be used to dissect biological processes
3. Read, understand and analyze articles about genetic research in C. elegans and Drosophila
Course name: Developmental Genetics - BMB506508

Period: 16-20 April 2018

Course coordinator: Prof.Dr. Sander van den Heuvel and Dr. Inge The

Prof. dr. Sander van den Heuvel, Biology Dpt, Fac of Science, UU
Dr. Inge The
Invited speakers

Description of content
The course aims to provide an understanding of basic concepts of developmental biology and genetic analysis. In addition, the course teaches a variety of skills that are important for every researcher, including critical reading and oral presentation.

The course is based on articles and seminars in developmental genetics, covering three major genetic model systems. The topics this year will include cell polarity, microRNAs, neuronal signaling and stem cells. We will discuss these papers as a group and subsequently with the seminar speaker.

Outline: Introduction by staff, self study (article reading), paper presentations (five to ten in total), group discussions (daily), seminars by expert speakers followed by discussion with the speakers.
Literature/study material used: recent articles


Mandatory for students in Master’s programme

Prerequisite knowledge
Bsc BMW / Biology
Entry requirements
Required materials
Instructional formats
Basic Lecture

Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

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