Period: 11-22 September 2017
dr. Joost Koedam, Center for Molecular Medicine, DBG, UMCU
Prof. dr. Boudewijn Burgering, Center for Molecular Medicine, DBG, UMCU
>30 lecturers from UMCU, UU, Hubrecht Institute
This course is a compulsory introduction to the fields of developmental biology, stem cells, cancer, genetics/genomics, and all of its associated techniques and model systems. Through lectures, literature studies and demonstrations, the new students of the CSDB Master’s program will become acquainted with many aspects of their program. The topics will be introduced by experts in the field, most of which also coordinate or participate in the elective Theoretical Courses that are offered later in the year. This will lay a good theoretical foundation, while also model systems such as C.elegans, Zebrafish and organoids will be covered. These lectures will help students in their future choices for these in-depth courses. Moreover, students will get a good impression of the research that is going on, and will start building their network and community.
The topics of the first week will include basics in developmental biology, stem cells, cancer and genetics. Recent key research papers will be handed out, which will serve as background for presentations by the students on the final day of the course. Ample time will be devoted to the ethical and societal aspects of performing research in these areas. Students will write an opinion article (essay) about an ethical issue of their choice. The second week will have self-study time scheduled to prepare these assignments.
The final day of the first week, and several days of the second week will be devoted to proteomics, metabolomics, genomics, microscopy techniques and bioinformatics. Tours and demonstrations, as well as do-it-yourself bioinformatics exercises (BYOD, bring your own device!) will be part of this.
Literature/study material used
handouts of lectures
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme
Same as for admission to the CSDB Master’s programme