At the end of the course, the student has:
- Obtained a thorough introduction to research in yeast, C. elegans, Drosophila, planarians and the mouse
- Gained a basic understanding of genetics and how genetic analysis can be used to dissect biological processes
- Practiced critical reading and presentation of scientific articles
Period: 8 April - 12 April 2019
Please note: this course is only given once per 2 years.
Name, faculty/department, participation (%) in course
Prof. dr. Rik Korswagen, Hubrecht Institute and Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, UU
Dr. Catherine Rabouille, Hubrecht Institute and UMC Utrecht
Dr. Matilde Galli, Hubrecht Institute
Description of contentGenetic analysis in model organisms is a powerful approach to gain detailed insight into biological processes. In this course, we will highlight research in model organisms that cover a wide range of topics in biomedical research: cell cycle studies in yeast, cell and developmental biology in C. elegans and Drosophila, stem cell biology and regeneration in planarians and organ development and tissue homeostasis in the mouse. The aim of the course is to provide a basic understanding of how genetics in these organisms can be used to unravel important biological processes. In addition, the course teaches a variety of skills that are important for every researcher, including critical reading and oral presentation.
Each day of the course, a different model organism will be discussed, with a basic introductory lecture in the morning and a research seminar in the afternoon. The lectures and seminars will be given by local as well as invited international speakers.
In addition to the lectures and seminars, the students will read selected papers on the different topics, discuss these papers with the course organizers and the invited speakers and present these papers in a formal presentation at the end of the course.
Literature/study material used:
Recent articles featuring the model organisms covered in the course.
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Given the low number (20) of students that can be accepted, preference will be given to students of the CS&D.
BSc BMW / Biology