Genome and Cell Biology

Course content

The covered areas include: Chromosome and chromatin dynamics; control of gene expression, transcription, translation and protein folding; epigenetics; cytoskeleton; intracellular compartments, intracellular vesicular traffic and protein sorting; membrane structures, membrane transport and electric properties; energy conversion and mitochondria; signal transduction and cell communication; apoptosis and autophagy; the cell cycle; normal and abnormal development; comparative cell biology


MSc Programme in Biology-Biotechnology
MSc Programme in Agriculture

Learning outcome

The purpose of this course is to bring students to have a broad understanding of the general principles in cell biology. The students will obtain a holistic view of a cell and realize connections between cellular processes at an advanced level. Thereby the course is a highly relevant basis for masters and PhD projects with cell biology content. In addition, the students will get to appreciate the complexity of life and evolution.

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

Analyze 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 on the structure and molecular mechanisms of living cells.

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


Article work: Groups of students prepare presentations on larger articles recently published in a high impact scientific journal. The articles have been selected by the teachers to complete the cell biology area.

Poster work: Groups of students prepare posters based on original articles in areas selected by the teachers to complete the cell biology area. The posters are printed and presented at the end of the course.

Molecular Biology of the Cell by Alberts et al.

Selected articles. Further information will be available on Absalon.

The course is organized in such way that it is highly recommended that the students have fundamental knowledge in cell biology, genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry. 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 due 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
Internal examiner
Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome

Single subject courses (day)

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