Human Genetics

Course content

The aim of the course is to give students a thorough understanding of pioneering and contemporary research in human genetics with emphasis on human genetic diseases.

The course is organised into the following topics:

  • Approaches to the analysis of human monogenic disease
  • Polygenic diseases
  • Quantitative genetics
  • Low penetrance alleles
  • Genetic variation in humans
  • Patterns of inheritance in humans
  • Cytogenetics
  • Clinical genetics and genetic counselling
  • Genome stability: fragile sites, translocations, chromosome fusions
  • Strategies for constructing gene editing: Zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs), Transcription Activator-Like Effector Nucleases (TALENs), the CRISPR/Cas system, and engineered meganuclease re-engineered homing endonucleases.
  • Strategies for performing transient gene knockdown: shRNA, RNAi, and morpholino oligonucleotides.
  • Animal models and transgenesis
  • Gene therapy
  • Design of research projects and writing of research proposals
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Genome-wide association studies
  • Personalized medicine based on genetic profiling


The organization and content of a research grant proposal will be taught, including typical evaluation criteria of funding agencies such as relevance and impact, originality and novelty, experimental design and contingency plans, and achievability (management plans, milestones, workplan).

Education

MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Biochemistry
 

Learning outcome

Knowledge:

  • An in-depth understanding of the above topics and the experimental procedures required to study those topics
  • Understanding of the organization and typical content of a research grant proposal


Skills:

The student will be able to:

  • read, understand and convey the reasoning and logic of scientific experiments that deals with human genetics
  • design gene editing or knockdown constructs for manipulation of human cells
  • identify unanswered questions within the field of human genetics
  • write a research grant proposal to experimentally address unanswered questions within the field of human genetics.


Competences:

  • To be able to understand, evaluate and convey human genetic research.
  • To design a research project
  • To understand the essential elements of a research project proposal and to write a research grant proposal on a topic related to the topics covered by the course.

Lectures, group discussions of research papers, grant proposal writing café and guest seminars.

Primary literature. See Absalon.

Theoretical Molecular Genetics or equivalent. Open to Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedicine and Nanotechnology master students and to students at the third-year Bachelor level who have passed their first and second year courses.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, 5 pages during the course
The exam consists of a written assignment to produce a 5 page research grant proposal (max. 20.000 characters including spaces). The written assignment has to be handed in the last week of the course.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Learning Outcome.

 

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 37
  • Preparation
  • 127
  • Lectures
  • 14
  • Theory exercises
  • 28
  • English
  • 206