Courses: Pattern Formation in the Nervous System (BIOLH350D01)
A fundamental process in the development of the vertebrate nervous system is the partitioning of nervous system into distinct domains of cellular differentiation, for example the brain vs. the spinal cord. This seminar course will explore, through a series of student research article presentations, the molecular processes by which pattern is established in the nervous system and the morphological consequences of improper patterning. Human birth defects and pathologies such as spina bifida and brain tumors will be used as case studies to discuss the role of crucial patterning genes and signaling molecules. Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Prerequisites: Biology 309 or consent.
Fulfills: NA II
Haverford, Shrp 217