During this Masters level seminar style course, students will explore current research topics in cellular biochemistry focused on the structure, function and regulation of selected cell components, and the consequences of dysregulation for pathologies.
Students will work with experts toward a critical analysis of cutting-edge research in the domain of cellular biochemistry, with emphasis on normal cellular processes and the consequences of their dysregulation. At the end of the course, students will be able to introduce, present, evaluate, critically discuss and write about recent scientific articles in the research area of cellular biochemistry.
Guided by an expert in the field, students will engage in classical round-table style discussions of current literature with occasional frontal presentations. Students will alternate as discussion leaders throughout the semester, with the student leader responsible to briefly summarize key general knowledge and context of the assigned primary research paper. Together with the faculty expert, all students will participate in discussion of the primary paper, including the foundation of the biological question, specific questions addressed, key methods, key results, remaining gaps and research implications.
The literature will be provided during the course
Prerequisites / Notice
The course will be taught in English.
Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
A repetition date will be offered in the first two weeks of the semester immediately consecutive.
Mode of examination
written 120 minutes
Additional information on mode of examination
The grades will be composed of the marks for seminars and assignments (50% of the final grade, compulsory continuous performance assessment) and a written examination at the end of the semester (50 % of the final grade).