9.18 / 9.181J / 7.69J Developmental Neurobiology

Spring 2005

Coronal sections of brain depicting cortical plasticity gene expression.
Coronal sections of brain depicting cortical plasticity gene expression during development. (Image courtesy of Corey C. Harwell)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive reading list and examples of student presentations on assigned readings.

Course Description

This course considers molecular control of neural specification, formation of neuronal connections, construction of neural systems, and the contributions of experience to shaping brain structure and function. Topics include: neural induction and pattern formation, cell lineage and fate determination, neuronal migration, axon guidance, synapse formation and stabilization, activity-dependent development and critical periods, development of behavior.
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Prof. Elly Nedivi

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
2 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate

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