NBIK11009U Experimental Cell Biology
MSc Programme in Biology
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.
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.
- Practical exercises
- Theory exercises
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Continuous assessmentThe 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
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiner.
Oral exam (20 min). No preparation time. All aids allowed.
Criteria for exam assesment
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.