MCDB 424 - Behavioral Neurobiology Laboratory
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)
Department: LSA Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
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Details

Credits:
2
Requirements & Distribution:
BS
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
90.00
Enforced Prerequisites:
(BIOLOGY 222 or BIOLOGY 225 or PSYCH 230) and BIOLOGY 173.
Advisory Prerequisites:
BIOLOGY 305.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:
Instructor:

Description

The goal of the course is to provide students with fundamental concepts focused on the neurobiological basis of animal behavior. Throughout the term, students will explore a range of behaviors in Drosophila melanogaster, each of which will be associated with different experimental techniques currently used in the field.

Feeding

Main concepts: Sensory systems, taste perception. Techniques: Drosophila handling and basic genetics

Courtship & Aggression

Main concepts: Innate and complex behaviors, sexual dimorphism in the brain, genetic control of behavior. Techniques: Complex behavior analysis, Genetic manipulation of sex determination.

Sleep and circadian rhythms

Main concepts: Endogenous timekeeping, conservation of genetic networks controlling behaviors across species. Techniques: Automated behavioral tracking, Immunohistochemistry in adult brains / flourescent microscopy.

Students will learn how to design, perform, and analyze behavioral experiments. In addition, students will engage with primary behavioral literature with an emphasis on interpretation and critical analysis of results.

Course Requirements:

Grades are based on lab reports, presentations, frequent short quizzes, and an organized laboratory notebook.

Intended Audience:

Upper-level science majors

Class Format:

1 hour of lecture, 3 hours of lab

Schedule

MCDB 424 - Behavioral Neurobiology Laboratory
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001 (LAB)
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Tu 1:00PM - 5:00PM
002 (LAB)
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23419
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Th 1:00PM - 5:00PM

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