Developmental Biology Short Course

2017 Course Description

Course Length: 35 hours approximately (Mon – Saturday)

Objective:  The purpose of this course is to present basic concepts in the field of developmental biology. The course will focus on fundamental aspects of embryogenesis, cell signaling and disease development. The lectures will cover aspects of early development, tissue and organ formation and disease. The laboratories will complement the lectures and will provide hands-on experience through the dissection and examination of several model organisms. Class participation and small group discussions will be encouraged throughout the course.



DFB is conducting a week long interactive developmental biology short course in the summer of 2017.

What is the course like?

This is NOT your average science course! In one action-packed week, you’ll be immersed in all things Developmental Biology, with daily instructor-led discussions, laboratory activities, and interactive panels. We’ll focus hands-on experimentation with lab activities that complement the lectures covering topics from embryogenesis to disease across different species. Throughout the week DFB instructors will help you with lab activities, general questions, and putting together your presentations for the end of the week. Sprinkled throughout the week, there will also be lunches and panels where you can ask us anything! You might be interested in learning more about the course, biology/science in general, science careers, culture/programs at the University of Michigan, opportunities for undergraduate research, really whatever you would like to know!

When and where is the course taking place?

The course will be held in University of Michigan at Ann Arbor from May from May 15th to May 20th, 2017

Who can apply?

You’re eligible to apply if:

Preference will be given to students who identify with one or more of the following groups.
Individuals who:

What is the application procedure?

Applications will be open March 1st. In addition to this, please email your CV (download sample CV) and a copy of your official or unofficial transcript (Screenshots are acceptable) to with the email subject "DFB Application Material". PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE COMPLETE UNTIL YOU EMAIL YOUR CV AND TRANSCRIPT.

Applications are due 16th April, 2017

What happens after I apply?

You will receive an email notification once all of your application material is received. If you’re selected to participate in the course, you’ll be invited to come to Ann Arbor. DFB will cover your transportation costs, food and accommodation for the length of the course (shared accommodation).

Why should I be excited about this course?

During the course, you’ll get to: