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Primarily for students in the Genetics and molecular biosciences – masters program (Cell and developmental biology).

Students should have good knowledge on the principles of developmental, cell and molecular biology. Students should have basic laboratory skills. Skills in histological techniques highly recommended.

  • The student knows the main metazoan model organisms and how they are used to study gene function and development.
  • The student has acquired laboratory skills necessary for a master’s thesis project in developmental/stem cell biology.
  • The student has skills to read and evaluate literature in developmental/stem cell biology.
  • The student has improved skills in laboratory work documentation and its written and oral presentation.

1st year spring (3rd period).

Lectures, demonstrations and laboratory work on model organisms (mouse, chicken, zebrafish, Drosophila, C. elegans – exact contents may vary yearly). Methods to study gene functions (GM animals and genome editing, stem cells, tissue culture, RNA interference, viral vectors – exact contents may vary yearly).

Evaluation: Exam 50%, work report/presentation 50%

Work allocation: Lectures 10h, lab 90h, independent work (reading assignments, data processing, presentations) 35h

  • Course manual (including protocols), lecture hand-outs.
  • Reading assignments include 4-6 review articles, exact content varies yearly.
  • Recommended background reading includes chapters of a text book in developmental biology.

Evaluation 0-5. Exam 50%, work report/presentation 50%. Presence and active participation during the course mandatory.

Juha Partanen

Recommended to be taken together with the course ”Stem cells and organogenesis”.

Replaces the former course 529013 Methods in functional genetics and development (laboratory course).