Fall 2008

Human Reproductive Biology

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-31


Christos O. Coutifaris (Section 01)


Understanding the cellular and molecular regulation of human reproductive processes has significant public health implications for the population explosion in many parts of the world and for the high incidence of infertility. In this course, the cell biology of human reproduction and clinical applications for its treatment and control will be reviewed through lectures and evaluation of research publications. Topics for discussion will include the genetic regulation of fetal gonadal development, the neuroendocrine control of puberty and adult reproduction, gametogenesis, fertilization, early embryonic development, genetic diagnosis, placentation and the fetal origins of adult disease. The normal physiology of these processes will be described, and we will discuss how this knowledge makes contraception and the treatment of human reproductive diseases possible. Legal and ethical issues related to the manipulation of reproductive processes will be emphasized. Three classroom hours per week. (To be offered only once) Requisite: At least one of the following--Biology 22, 24, 25, or 29. Limited to 15 students. Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Coutifaris.