This course gives fundamentals of diverse fileds of evolutionary biology, including natural selection , the neutral theory of molecular evolution, genome evolution, evolutionary developmental biology, molecular phylogenetics, and also the basis of ecology related to biodiversity.
This course aims to provide fundamental knowledge on evolutionary biologys as the basis not only for the field but also for broad fields of life science and technology.
By the end of this course, students will understand the fundamentals of evolutionary biology, which shall be the basis for broad fields in advanced life science and technology.
evolution, molecular evolution, evolutionary developmetal biology, genome evolution, molecular phylogenetics, biodiversity
|✔ Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Students will learn the topics with Powerpoint slides and handouts.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||The concept of evolution: Evolution and tree of life||Understand the concept of evolution and phylogenetic tree|
|Class 2||Natural selection and neutral theory-1||Understand the basic theory of natural selection and neutral evolution|
|Class 3||Natural selection and neutral theory-2||Understand the basic theory of natural selection and neutral evolution from actual examples|
|Class 4||Evolution through gene duplication||Understand how gene duplication has contributed to the biological evolution|
|Class 5||Genomic structure of prokaryotes and its evolution||Understand the genomic structure of prokaryotes and its evoltion|
|Class 6||Genomic structure of eukaryotes and its evolution||Understand the genomic structure of eukaryotes and its evoltion|
|Class 7||Evolution of multicellular organisms||Understand the basis for the evolution of multicellular systems in animals|
|Class 8||Evolution and Development 1||Understand the mechanisms of how shapes of animals are evolved|
|Class 9||Evolution and Development 2||Understand the mehanisms of how novel structures are evolved in the body of animals|
|Class 10||Molecular phylogenetics 1||Understand the basic concept for molecular phylogenetic analysis|
|Class 11||Molecular phylogenetics 2||Understand the basis for various methods of molecular phylogenetic analysis|
|Class 12||The origin of sex||Understand how sexual reproduction has emerged and been mainteined in many organisms.|
|Class 13||Biodiversity: competition and predation||Understand the basic theory of competition and predation in community|
|Class 14||Biodiversity: symbiosis||Understand the basic theory of symbiosis in community|
|Class 15||Measuring biodiversity||Undestand how biodiversity is measured and compared|
Learning achievement is evaluated by a final exam.
The class level is adjusted to students who have never studied Evolutionary Biology
yhongo[at]bio.titech.ac.jp (Prof. Yuichi Hongoh); mnikaido[at]bio.titech.ac.jp（Prof. Masato Nikaido）; takehiko[at]bio.titech.ac.jp（Prof. Takehiko Itoh）; mitanaka[at]bio.titech.ac.jp（Prof. Mikiko Tanaka）; tachibana.k.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp（Prof. Kazunori Tachibana); mkaji[at]bio.titech.ac.jp（Prof. Masaki Kajikawa）
Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.