Basics of Evolutionary Biology
Intended for: students of bachelor programmes
Evolutionary biology is currently perceived as a discipline at the basis of all other biological disciplines which offers a meaningful interpretation to the existing heterogeneity of the world around us. In this course, we go through the very basic concepts that are necessary to get insight into evolution of life on Earth. We start from the reasoning, why is evolutionary theory needed in the present world and science, define principles governing evolutionary processes and moving through all basic aspects of evolution at molecular as well as organismal levels we finally reach the exciting topics of evolutionary interactions across multiple co-evolutionary partners. This course does not require any previous knowledge of the subject from other courses, but given the topic overlap, this course is incongruous with the course Introduction to evolutionary biology, MB170P55. The course is taught only in English (for the Czech alternative see Introduction to evolutionary biology, MB170P55) and only if at least 5 students are enrolled.
Evolutionary and ecological immunology
Intended for: students of master and doctoral programmes
Evolutionary ecology combines aspects of various biological disciplines that where earlier distinct, such as evolutionary biology, immunology and parasitology. Evolutionary thinking has recently started to infiltrate into immunological research, establishing a new branch of investigation termed evolutionary and ecological immunology. This change in perspectives is potentially valuable both for basic research and practical applications in biomedicine as it may help to explain differences between individuals in their immune function. Understanding the circumstances of emergence and evolution of the immune system is also important from the point of view of zoological research of animal evolution and ecological investigation of relationships between organisms. This series of lectures devoted to evolutionary and ecological immunology links information on the immune system function (variability and redundancy of mechanisms, molecular polymorphism, constrains and failures of immunity) with the knowledge of principles and mechanisms of host-parasite/pathogen evolution. Where possible examples from biomedicine are provided and usage of the evolutionary ecology in classical immunology is mentioned. The concept of lectures allows students to gain basics of evolutionary biology even without previous experience in this discipline.
List of our courses
|MB170T23||Advanced field course in zoology||summer||Czech and English||3||Mgr. Zuzana Starostová, Ph.D., Mgr. Petr Janšta, Ph.D.|
|MB170P124||Basics of Evolutionary Biology||winter||English||3||doc. RNDr. Michal Vinkler, Ph.D.|
|MB170P84||Evolutionary and ecological immunology||winter||English||4||doc. RNDr. Michal Vinkler, Ph.D.|
|MB170T24||Field course in zoology||summer||Czech (English on request)||3||doc. RNDr. Lucie Juřičková, Ph.D., Mgr. Petr Janšta, Ph.D., Mgr. Petr Šípek, Ph.D.|
|MB170P62||Molecular Applications in Zoology||summer||English||4||Mgr. Zuzana Starostová, Ph.D.|
|MB170C46A||Morphology of animals||summer||Czech (English on request)||1||RNDr. Petra Frýdlová, Ph.D.|
|MB170T22||Specialized field course in Zoology||summer||English||3||Mgr. Zuzana Starostová, Ph.D., Mgr. Petr Janšta, Ph.D.|