551-0339-00L  Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Dynamics

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersE. Dultz, Y. Barral, U. Kutay, M. Peter, K. Weis
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 18.

The enrolment is done by the D-BIOL study administration.

General safety regulations for all block courses:
-Whenever possible the distance rules have to be respected
-All students have to wear masks throughout the course. Please keep reserve masks ready. Surgical masks (IIR) or medical grade masks (FFP2) without a valve are permitted. Community masks (fabric masks) are not allowed.
-The installation and activation of the Swiss Covid-App is highly encouraged
-Any additional rules for individual courses have to be respected
-Students showing any COVID-19 symptoms are not allowed to enter ETH buildings and have to inform the course responsible

AbstractApplication of current experimental strategies to study the dynamics of complex and highly regulated cellular processes.
ObjectiveIn this course, students will
- learn what principles govern cellular dynamics and how these are regulated.
- learn to evaluate and to apply current strategies to study the dynamics of complex and highly regulated cellular processes
ContentDuring this Block-Course, the students will learn to
(1) describe the important mechanisms and regulators of dynamic processes in cells,
(2) perform experimental techniques to quantify dynamic cellular processes,
(3) evaluate and compare experimental strategies and model systems,
(4) formulate and present scientific concepts in an oral presentation.

Topics discussed will include
- mobility in the cell (passive and active)
- compartmentalization (by membranes and via phase separation)
- examples of cell biological processes dependent on mobility and compartmentalization.

Students will work in small groups in individual labs on one research project (8 full days of practical work; every group of students will stay in the same lab during the entire course). The projects are close to the actual research carried out in the participating research groups, but with a clear connection to the subject of the course.
LiteratureDocumentation and recommended literature (review articles and selected primary literature) will be provided during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course will be taught in english.