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Swayam Central

Introduction to Developmental Biology

By Prof. Subramaniam K   |   IIT Madras
How organisms develop from the single cell called zygote is a central theme of biology. Not surprisingly the questions of developmental biology attracted attention from Aristotle’s time, and are being intensely pursued by many laboratories around the world. The proposed course titled as Introduction to Developmental Biology aims to provide a thorough grounding on the fundamental concepts of developmental biology and introduce the students to early embryonic development.

INTENDED AUDIENCE
3rd year and beyond for UG/dual degree and PG any year; should have a basic knowledge of biology
PREREQUISITES Knowledge of basic biology, molecular biology and genetics will be essential.
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : None

Learners enrolled: 814

SUMMARY

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 20 Jul 2020
End Date : 09 Oct 2020
Exam Date : 18 Oct 2020
Enrollment Ends : 27 Jul 2020
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
  • Biosciences
  • Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course

    COURSE LAYOUT

    Week 1: Developmental Anatomy – life cycle; comparative and evolutionary embryology; fate mapping
    Week 2: Differential gene expression
    Week 3:  Differential gene expression; Basic concepts of genetics
    Week 4: The concept of model organisms; Core genetic techniques
    Week 5: Cell-Cell communication in Development – basic concepts of morphogenesis and cell signaling
    Week 6: Cell-Cell communication in Development – the signaling pathways
    Week 7:  Axis specification during Drosophila embryogenesis
    Week 8: Axis specification during Drosophila embryogenesis
    Week 9: Plant Development
    Week 10:Early mammalian development – Cleavage and gastrulation
    Week 11: Early mammalian development – Axis formation
    Week 12:Developmental mechanisms of evolutionary change

    BOOKS AND REFERENCES

    Developmental Biology (9th or later editions) Author: Scott Gilbert

    INSTRUCTOR BIO

    Prof. Subramaniam K

    IIT Madras
    Prof K. Subramaniam received his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science in 1994. His postdoctoral training was at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Prof Subramaniam joined the faculty of IITKanpur in the Department Biological Sciences & Bioengineering in 2002. He was an International Senior Research Fellow of the Wellcome Trust during 2003-09, and is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences. He joined the Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras in 2014. His laboratory investigates the self-renewal and differentiation decisions in adult stem cell systems using the C. elegans germline stem cells as a paradigm.

    COURSE CERTIFICATE

    •The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    Date and Time of Exams:18 October 2020, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm. 
    • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

    CRITERIA TO GET A CERTIFICATE:
    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course. 
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 
    • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
    • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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