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Master Sciences, Technologies, Santé

Diversity of model organisms in physiology (6 ECTS)


        Pedro Bausero

        Dominique Chriqui


The objective of this course is to introduce students to the concept of model organisms and model biological systems and the importance of selecting a model which is appropriate for a particular study question. Several examples will be covered for topics in cellular physiology, developmental biology, and plant and animal pathophysiology, including the design of new models (e.g. mutant or transgenic lines) to investigate the functioning of different genes. Finally, ethical issues raised by using animals as experimental subjects and the creation of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in both fundamental and applied research (e.g. pharmaceutical, cosmetics industries...) will be discussed.


  • Complexity of multicellular orgaisms, why we use organisms as models - their constraints and characteristics, types of model organisms and systems (animal and plant).
  • Model organisms for animal and plant physiology, their genetic and biological characteristics.
  • Model plants and animals: their particularities with respect to experimental, ethical and legislative issues.
  • Experimental models in animal physiology: cell lines, trangenic models, strains from diseased animals, applications...
  • Experimental models in plant physiology: cell and tissue cultures, protoplasts, culturing organ fragments and sensitivity testing to pathogens, applications...
  • The future of models for biological systems.


Laure-Anne Nemirouvsky - 01/12/15

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    Adresse postale  du Master BIP :

    Sorbonne Université

    Faculté de Sciences et Ingénierie

    Campus Pierre et Marie Curie

    9, quai Saint Bernard - Case courrier 118

    75252 Paris Cedex 05


    Localisation du secrétariat :

    Campus Pierre et Marie Curie

    Bâtiment B - 3ème étage - Bureau 314


    Horaires d'ouverture :

    Du Lundi au Vendredi de 9H30 à 16H30


    Coordonnées de la direction et de l'équipe pédagogique