Syllabus  Biology 441 Vertebrate Embryology  Albert Harris    Spring 2016

This is the laboratory course that accompanies Biology 441, Vertebrate Embryology

The laboratory is not required for students taking the lecture course, but students taking
the laboratory should be taking the lecture course concurrently, or have done so previously.

There are four sections, which meet in room 138 Wilson Hall:

Teaching assistants: Becky Bigler and Claire Karasek

Albert Harris, Office: Room 103 Wilson Hall
Office Hours: 10-12 Monday and Wednesday, or at other times by appointment
e-mail:, phone 991-966-1230


January 20/21Embryology of Sea Urchins
January 27/28Gastrulation of Frogs and Salamanders
February 3/4Gastrulation of Birds
February 10/11Shape formation by Pressure, Curvature and Tension
February 17/18Somite Development: How Vertebrate Bodies Create their Segments
February 24/25Liesegang Rings: Geometrical Patterns Formed by Chemical Reactions
March 2/3Dictyostelium: Cell Locomotion, Chemotaxis, Differentiation and Structure Formation
March 9/10Ovaries and Testes
March 23/24Dissection of Early Chick Embryos
March 30/31 Cancer and Atherosclerosis in Relation to Embryology
April 6/7Begin Tissue Cultures from Chick Embryos
April 13/14 Observation of Tissue Cultures
April 20/21 NO SCHEDULED LAB, but makeups of previous labs can be arranged by appointment.