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Research Applications of Developmental Biology


Provisional Programme


Many research fields are founded in the field of Developmental Biology. One can think of for example basic research into signaling pathways, as pathological signaling often hijacks embryonic pathways, but also towards clinical research into the field of congenital anomalies. Embryos of various species, like mice, chicken, and zebrafish, are often used to investigate genetic, physiological or pharmacological influences on organogenesis or disease progression. And of course there is the growing field of stem cell research which ranges from basic research to clinical applications by using embryonic stem cells, mesenchymal stem cells, or induced pluripotent stem cells.


Period: June 19 – July 7, 2017

Although this course is still under construction, many of the abovementioned aspects will be covered. Planned topics are:
1. Embryonic signaling as blueprint for pathology.
2. Embryo models for cardiovascular research.
3. Stem cells in disease models, organ on a chip.
4. Germ cells and fertility.


The course design will be based on the TeamBased Learning (TBL) concept. This means that learning is a team effort and that the learning outcomes will be partly determined by the teams. This concept requires fulltime attendance during the course. The subjects will be discussed and presented successively in blocks of 3-4 days which will each consist of an orientation, testing, meet-the-expert, problem solving, and a presentation phase. Details about this learning method will be provided on day 1.

This course will particularly work on:
Research competences:

Professional competences:

Course objectives

The student can gather and apply knowledge from various disciplines to solve a specific research problem in the developmental biology field at a PhD level.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

During the course there will be multiple assessments which will combine to a final grade.
Further information about the assessment can be found on the Blackboardsite of this course.