case western reserve university


Department of Biology


COURSES taught by Radhika Atit

Biology 365/465: Evo-Devo: Evolution of Body Plans (Spring Semesters)

This discussion-based course offers a detailed introduction to Evolutionary Developmental Biology. The field seeks to explain evolutionary events through the mechanisms of Developmental Biology and Genetics. The course is structured into different modules. First we will look at the developmental genetic mechanisms that can cause variation. Then we focus on how alterations of these mechanisms can generate novel structural changes. We will then examine a few areas of active debate, where Evo-Devo is attempting to solve major problems in evolutionary biology. We will conclude by drafting critiques of Intelligent Design. Students will be required to present, read, and discuss primary literature in each module. Prereq: BIOL 225 or BIOL 362 or permission.

Biology 216: Introduction to Biology, Developmental Biology Module (Fall Semester)

This is a predominantly lecture based course that offers an introduction to how organisms develop, function, and interact with the environment.

Biology 495: Introduction to Graduate Studies in the Biological Sciences (Fall Semester).

This course will help incoming Biology MS and Ph.D. students navigate their way through graduate school and participate in the scientific process.  Students in the Biology graduate program will be strongly encouraged to take this course in their first year.  This will be a skill-based course that will become part of their academic toolbox.

Biology 366: Embryos, Genes, and Fossils (currently not offered)

This multidisciplinary seminar course is designed to help students understand fundamental concepts of development and evolution of biological systems.  Because scientists communicate their ideas through journal articles, seminars, and in grant proposals, the course will focus upon reading and synthesizing primary literature.  In this discussion-based course, students will also learn to effectively present and write on three topics that are at the exciting intersection of genetics, developmental biology, and evolution. Fiinally, students will be provided with the technical and intellectual skills which are needed to write a grant proposal and a literature review.  Approved SAGES Department Seminar. Prereq: BIOL 362 or 365 or 326 or 225.