Course Description

Seminars analyzing major concepts in developmental biology from quantitative, physics-based molecular perspectives. We will read advanced papers which apply physical/mechanical concepts, often formulated in simple mathematical terms, to the study of developmental mechanism, and analyze these papers in depth to become acquainted with this important approach. Small groups of 3 students will present a paper, all students are required to read the paper and should be prepared to explain any of the figures, equations or data sets from the paper upon request.


CSB328H1 / CSB340H1


Prof. R. Sarpal

Contact Hours


Evaluation (Subject to change)

Oral presentation: 1 x 50%
Explaining figures, parts of the paper: 2 x 20% = 40%
General participation, discussions, etc.: 10%

Last updated on June 2nd, 2022