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Course unit
SCN1028823, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1175, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge FRANCESCO ARGENTON BIO/13
Other lecturers MASSIMO SANTORO BIO/13

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/06 Comparative Anatomy and Citology 4.0
Core courses BIO/11 Molecular Biology 2.0
Core courses BIO/18 Genetics 2.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 7.0 56 119.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 BIOLOGIA MOLECOLARE DELLO SVILUPPO 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 ARGENTON FRANCESCO (Presidente)
TISO NATASCIA (Membro Effettivo)
4 BIOLOGIA MOLECOLARE DELLO SVILUPPO 2016-2017 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 ARGENTON FRANCESCO (Presidente)
TISO NATASCIA (Membro Effettivo)
MORO ENRICO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Students should have already acquired a basic knowledge of eukaryotic cell biology, control of gene expression, differentiation, histology and developmental biology
Target skills and knowledge: Signal transduction at the molecular and system biology level, genetics and genomics of developmental processes. Physical and phylosophical views of the mechanisms leading to ontogenetic complexity. Study of the experimental approaches that lead to actual knowledge. Examples of model systems in developmental genetics.
Examination methods: Essays on theoretical arguments treated during the course.
Lab tests of digital imaging applied to developmental biology.
Journal club presentation of a specific publication.
Report of lab activities
Assessment criteria: Weighted sum of votes resulting from different essays and tasks.
Course unit contents: History and problems of developmental genetics, Molecular cellular mechanisms controlling development, digital imaging quantification of genetic effects, fate mapping, signaling pathways and their function and visualization (FGF, TGFb, BMP, HH, Notch, Hypoxia, Hippo, STATs etc), induction of main axis (DV, AP and LR) in vertebrates and drosophila, examples in organ formation.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons and laboratories
Additional notes about suggested reading: PPT presentations, lab protocols.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Scott Gilbert,, Developmental Biology. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo