Cell Biology (BI-1113)

Recommended Book(s)

Textbook; Gilbert’s Developmental Biology, Eighth Edition (2006) Sinauer Publishers (Massachusetts)

Textbook; Essential Developmental Biology, 3rd Edition Jonathan M. W. Slack November 2012, ©2012, Wiley-Blackwell

Reference Book(s)

  • Essential Developmental Biology, 3rd Edition Jonathan M. W. Slack November 2012, ©2012, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Developmental Biology 7th Edition by Scott F. Gilbert


After completion of this course students will understand not only about the beginnings of organisms, but also about the beginnings of developmental biology as a science. In this course, students will learn about the field of developmental biology from its origins to the present day and organisms from their start at fertilization through the stages of their development and on to entire organism. 2. This course is designed to introduce students to these discoveries. In the lab, students will be exposed to modern techniques used to manipulate and examine developmental processes in several key model systems


The successful student in this course will develop a working knowledge of fertilization, cellular differentiation, cloning, assisted reproduction technology, stem cell technology, gastrulating, organogenesis, limb formation, teratogenesis, comparative embryology, and the molecular basis of development.

In addition, the successful student will demonstrate proficiency in embryo dissection, developmental histology, morphology, and developmental gene expression assays.


  • How organisms come into being,
  • How life forms, and how complex structures develop and are differentiated.
  • Fertilization,
  • Cellular
  • Differentiation,
  • Cloning
  • Assisted reproduction technology,
  • Stem cell technology,
  • Gastrulating
  • Organogenesis
  • Limb formation,
  • Teratogenesis
  • Comparative embryology,
  • Molecular basis of development
  • Embryo dissection,
  • Developmental histology,
  • Morphology, and developmental gene expression assays
  • An introduction to the genetic molecular
  • Cellular mechanisms
  • Development of multicellular organisms
  • Gmetogenesis
  • Sex determination,
  • Developmental gene regulation and teratology