Genome and Cell Biology

Course content

The following areas are covered: Gene regulation, structure of genomes and their content of information, use of databases and experimental techniques for genome analysis. Gene control. Genome function. Gene and genome techniques. Membrane structure. Membrane transport. Intracellular compartments and the sorting of proteins. Signal transduction. Cell division. Cell cycle control, programmed cell death and autophagy.


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Learning outcome

The purpose of this course is to bring students to an advanced level in cell biology. This level allows an easy start on a master's project or PhD project with cell biology content. Therefore the focus is on understanding principles and not on memorizing details since cell biology is an area of biology that evolves rapidly. The textbook, Molecular Biology of the Cell by Alberts et al., will form the basis for letures and poster work. In the course basic genetic mechanisms and elements like structure of chromosomes and genomes, DNA replication, transcription, translation and gene regulation will be covered.Furthermore, the course will deal with the internal structure of cells, membrane structures and transport of small molecules over membranes, intracellular compartments, transport between vesicles, cellular communication, autophagy and apoptosis as well as intracellular signalling.

After the course the student should be able to: 
Describe the genetic and structural elements, genetic mechanisms and cellular communication of living cells.
Describe mechanisms involved in gene regulation in cells
Display overview of membrane structures, cellular compartments and transport of moleculas between compartments.
Describe cell division, cell cyclus control, autophagy and programmed cell death.

Analyse and evaluate scientific papers which describe cellular processes of any kind.
Apply knowledge on the molecular biology of cells in the planning of own experiments.
Communicate know how in English on the structure and molecular mechanisms of living cells.

Apply knowledge on the structure of molecular mechanisms of cells to further analyse problems within genome and cell biology.This level allows for an easy start on a masters project or a PhD project with the cell biology content.This level allows for an easy start on a masters project or a PhD project with the cell biology content.This level allows for an easy start on a masters project or a PhD project with the cell biology content.

Poster work: Groups of students prepare posters based on original articles in areas selected by the teachers. The posters are printed and presented at the end of the course.
Article work: Gruops of students prepare a presentations on a larger articles recently published in a high impact scientific journal. The articles have been selected by the teachers.

The course is organized in such way that it is highly recommended that the students have previously attended a 7.5 ECTS Bachelor Level Cell Biology course. Students with little previous knowledge must be prepared to work hard.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30 min. (no preparation)
Oral presentation of one of several exam topics. Exam topics are given in good time before the exam and the topic to present is determined by lottery at the start of the examination.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

See lerning outcome

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 34
  • Project work
  • 16
  • Exam
  • 2
  • Preparation
  • 133
  • Colloquia
  • 21
  • English
  • 206