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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Experimental Cell Biology

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 4
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Morten Petersen (6-776c79786f7344666d73326f7932686f)
  • Department of Biology
Course number: NBIK11009U

Course content

The exercises are divided into different cell biology topics and include diverse techniques applied to several types of cells and model organisms. The course includes 6 different exercises that typically take 3 days of experimental work followed by a preparation day and a presentation day by smaller groups. However, the first 2 weeks are normally devoted to 1 exercise. During the individual exercises students will be challenged with primary research literature and discussions in relation to the specific exercise.

Learning outcome

The student will obtain a broad understanding of key concepts in practical cell biology through laboratory exercises, reading of research articles, discussions and presentations.


The student will obtain knowledge about how to experimentally address specific biological problems and interpret datasets with the existing literature.


The student will be trained and obtain skills in growth and transfection of mammalian tissue cell cultures, differentiation and protein interaction assays, tracer techniques to estimate unidirectional transport of organic compounds, fluorescence associated cell sorting, confocal microscopy, western blots using different antibodies, quantitative and qualitative cell death assays and bacterial infections.

The student will get practical competences in laboratory work and in reading primary research papers. These competences will be obtained through laboratory exercises, reading of primary research articles, discussions and presentations.

Recommended prerequisites

The courses in Cell Biology (15 ECTS) and Cellular and Integrative Physiology (15 ECTS) or equivalent courses.

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Study Board of Biology and Animal Science

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


A, B and C
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Teaching and learning methods

Introduction lessons in theoretical backgrounds and practical classes including summary and discussion of reports.






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Category Hours
Preparation 232
Lectures 20
Colloquia 20
Practical exercises 100
Theory exercises 40
English 412


Type of assessment

Continuous assessment
The evaluation is based on the students performance in the exercises incl. presentation of results and scientific articles.


All aids allowed

Marking scale

passed/not passed

Criteria for exam assessment

To obtain the mark "Passed" the student should:

  • be able to give a detailed description of and evaluate the exercises presented during the course
  • be able to apply the presented tools to design experiments with the potential to answer defined cell biology questions
  • be able to interpret data from the scientific literature and relate those to the content of the course.

Censorship form

No external censorship
Several internal examiner.


Oral exam (20 min). No preparation time. All aids allowed.

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