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Gender Brain across species

Master in Life Sciences, ENS
BIO_M2_E30 | Gender Brain across species
Year and Semester : M2 | S1
Where : Biology department, ENS
Duration : 1 week
First and last day of class : October 21-25, 2024
Maximum class size : 12 students

—2024-2025 planning to come—

This course is open to external students. Contact the coordinator.


Marie Gendrel, MCF Biology department, ENS




Sexual dimorphism | C. elegans | Mouse | Drosophila | Humans | Neural circuits

Course prerequisites

A good background in cell biology and neurosciences would be recommended but it is not mandatory.

Course objectives and description

Aims & Themes : We aim to have an overview of the neural circuit control of sexually dimorphic behaviors from several perspectives, including how neural circuits in general, and sexually dimorphic neurons in particular, can generate sexually dimorphic behaviors. Answers to those problematics have come to light thanks to research on invertebrate as well as vertebrate model organisms.
Organisation : during the week, there will be seminars based on the latest sexual dimorphism discovery related to a specific model organism. Prior to those seminars, a couple of students will introduce each model organism to their colleague.


25% of your final grade will be based on punctuality and assiduity.
25% of your final grade will be based on participation during the class.
37,5% of your final grade will be based on the quality of the course on a specific model organism you will have prepared. At the beginning of the week, slots are reserved for you to be able to prepare the course. You will know which model organism you will be working on at the beginning of the module week.
12,5 % of your final grade will be based on the feedback you will give on a specific seminar : at the end of the week, we will have a discussion putting into perspective all the different seminars that will have taken place that week.