PSL1067H - Advanced Topics: Advances and Techniques in Developmental Physiology

Course Coordinators:

I. CaniggiaA. Jurisicova


This course is a half-term interactive seminar course (student-oriented) designed to expose Graduate (Master’s and Doctoral) students to a wide range of current scientific advances/techniques in the general field of developmental physiology with the specific scope of understanding their application to examine developmental changes responsible for alteration of perinatal physiological function. The overall scope of this course is to teach/educate graduate students on current scientific advances and techniques in the field of developmental physiology.


The class size will be approximately 8-15 students and the course will include 12-13 sessions of the duration of 2 hours each. The first 2 sessions will revolve around intro to the course, statistical analysis, presentations skills, ethics and we and other faculty members will lead these sessions. The remaining 10 sessions will be students’ presentations with the mentorship of a PI.


Some examples of potential methods areas:

  • Animal model system and/or in vitro systems

  • Making mouse mutants

  • Physiologic phenotyping of mice

  • Establishment of protein-protein interactions

  • Microscopy (confocal, LCM, EM)

  • Loss of gene function

  • Microarray analysis

  • Nanotechnology

  • Evaluation of cell fate

  • In silico analysis


a)  Presentations plus one handout 40%
b)  Editorial for the paper presented 40%
c)  Class participation 20%