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Biologie Master Information
Wahlvertiefung: Zellbiologie
Obligatorische Konzeptkurse
551-0326-00LCell Biology Information O6 KP4VS. Werner, H. Gehart, W. Kovacs, M. Schäfer, U. Suter, A. Wutz, weitere Dozierende
KurzbeschreibungThis Course introduces principle concepts, techniques, and experimental strategies used in modern Cell Biology. Major topics include: neuron-glia interactions in health and disease; mitochondrial dynamics; stem cell biology; growth factor action in development, tissue repair and disease; cell metabolism, in particular sensing and signaling mechanisms, cell organelles, and lipid metabolism.
Lernziel-To prepare the students for successful and efficient lab work by learning how to ask the right questions and to use the appropriate techniques in a research project.
-To convey knowledge about neuron-glia interactions in health and disease.
- To provide information on different types of stem cells and their function in health and disease
-To provide information on growth factor signaling in development, repair and disease and on the use of growth factors or their receptors as drug targets for major human diseases
-To convey knowledge on the mechanisms underlying repair of injured tissues
-To provide the students with an overview of mitochondrial dynamics.
-Providing an understanding of RNA processing reactions and their regulations.
-To provide a comprehensive understanding of metabolic sensing mechanisms occurring in different cell types and organelles in response to glucose, hormones, oxygen, nutrients as well as lipids, and to discuss downstream signaling pathways and cellular responses.
-To provide models explaining how disturbances in complex metabolic control networks and bioenergetics can lead to disease and to highlight latest experimental approaches to uncover the intricacies of metabolic control at the cellular and organismal level.
-Providing the background and context that foster cross-disciplinary scientific thinking.
Wahlpflicht Konzeptkurse
Siehe D-BIOL Master-Wegleitung
551-0324-00LSystems Biology Information W6 KP4VP. Picotti, M. Claassen, U. Sauer, B. Snijder, B. Wollscheid
KurzbeschreibungIntroduction to experimental and computational methods of systems biology. By using baker’s yeast as a thread through the series, we focus on global methods for analysis of and interference with biological functions. Illustrative applications to other organisms will highlight medical and biotechnological aspects.
Lernziel- obtain an overview of global analytical methods
- obtain an overview of computational methods in systems biology
- understand the concepts of systems biology
InhaltOverview of global analytical methods (e.g. DNA arrays, proteomics, metabolomics, fluxes etc), global interference methods (siRNA, mutant libraries, synthetic lethality etc.) and imaging methods. Introduction to mass spectrometry and proteomics. Concepts of metabolism in microbes and higher cells. Systems biology of developmental processes. Concepts of mathematical modeling and applications of computational systems biology.
Skriptno script
LiteraturThe course is not taught by a particular book, but some books are suggested for further reading:

- Systems biology in Practice by Klipp, Herwig, Kowald, Wierling und Lehrach. Wiley-VCH 2005
551-0320-00LCellular Biochemistry (Part II)W3 KP2VY. Barral, R. Kroschewski, A. E. Smith
KurzbeschreibungThis course will focus on molecular mechanisms and concepts underlying cellular biochemistry, providing advanced insights into the structural and functional details of individual cell components, and the complex regulation of their interactions. Particular emphasis will be on the spatial and temporal integration of different molecules and signaling pathways into global cellular processes.
LernzielThe full-year course (551-0319-00 & 551-0320-00) focuses on the molecular mechanisms and concepts underlying the biochemistry of cellular physiology, investigating how these processes are integrated to carry out highly coordinated cellular functions. The molecular characterization of complex cellular functions requires a combination of approaches such as biochemistry, but also cell biology and genetics. This course is therefore the occasion to discuss these techniques and their integration in modern cellular biochemistry.
The students will be able to describe the structural and functional details of individual cell components, and the spatial and temporal regulation of their interactions. In particular, they will learn to explain how different molecules and signaling pathways can be integrated during complex and highly dynamic cellular processes such as intracellular transport, cytoskeletal rearrangements, cell motility, and cell division. In addition, they will be able to illustrate the relevance of particular signaling pathways for cellular pathologies such as cancer or during cellular infection.
InhaltSpatial and temporal integration of different molecules and signaling pathways into global cellular processes, such as cell division, cell infection and cell motility. Emphasis is also put on the understanding of pathologies associated with defective cell physiology, such as cancer or during cellular infection.
LiteraturRecommended supplementary literature may be provided during the course.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesTo attend this course the students must have a solid basic knowledge in chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology and general biology. Biology students have in general already attended the first part of the "Cellular Biochemistry" concept course (551-0319-00). The course will be taught in English.
In addition, the course will be based on a blended-learning scenario, where frontal lectures will be complemented with carefully chosen web-based teaching elements that students access through the ETH Moodle platform.
551-0318-00LImmunology IIW3 KP2VA. Oxenius, M. Kopf, S. R. Leibundgut, E. Wetter Slack, weitere Dozierende
KurzbeschreibungEinführung in die zellulären und molekularen Grundlagen des Immunsystems und die Immunreaktionen gegen verschiedene Pathogene, Tumore, Transplantate, und körpereigene Strukturen (Autoimmunität)
LernzielDie Vorlesung soll ein grundlegendes Verständnis vermitteln über:
- die Interaktion der verschiedenen Immunzellen auf zellulärer und molekularer Ebene?
- Erkennung und Abwehr ausgewählter Viren, Bakterien, und Parasiten.
- Abwehr von Tumoren.
- Mechanismen der Toleranz für körpereigene Moleküle.
- Funktion des Immunsystems im Darm und warum kommensale Bakterien keine Immunantwort auslösen.
- Immunpathologie und entzündliche Erkrankungen.
InhaltZiel dieser Vorlesung ist das Verständnis:
> Wie Pathogene vom unspezifischen Immunystem erkannt werden
> Wie Pathogene vom Immunsystem bekämpft werden
> Immunantworten der Haut, Lung, und Darms
> Tumorimmunologie
> Migration von Immunzellen
> Toleranz und Autoimmunität
> das Gedächtnis von T Zellen
SkriptDie Vorlesungsunterlagen der Dozenten sind verfügbar in Moodle
LiteraturEmpfohlen: Kuby Immunology (Freeman)
376-0209-00LMolecular Disease MechanismsW6 KP4VC. Wolfrum, H. Gahlon, M. Kopf
KurzbeschreibungIn this course the mechanisms of disease development will be studied. Main topics will be:

1. Influence of environmental factors with an emphasis on inflammation and the immune response.
2. Mechanisms underlying disease progression in metabolic disorders, integrating genetic and environmental factors.
3. Mechanisms underlying disease progression in cancer, integrating genetic and environment
LernzielTo understand the mechanisms governing disease development with a special emphasis on genetic and environmental associated components
SkriptAll information can be found at:


The enrollment key will be provided by email
Wahlpflicht Masterkurse
551-1100-00LInfectious Agents: From Molecular Biology to Disease
Number of participants limited to 22.

Requires application until 2 weeks before the start of the semester; selected applicants will be notified one week before the first week of lectures.
(if you missed the deadline, please come to the first date to see, if there are any slots left)
W4 KP2SW.‑D. Hardt, A. B. Hehl, M. Kopf, S. R. Leibundgut, C. Münz, A. Oxenius, P. Sander, weitere Dozierende
KurzbeschreibungLiterature seminar for students at the masters level and PhD students. Introduction to the current research topics in infectious diseases; Introduction to key pathogens which are studied as model organisms in this field; Overview over key research groups in the field of infectious diseases in Zürich.
LernzielWorking with the current research literature. Getting to know the key pathogens serving as model organisms and the research technologies currently used in infection biology.
Inhaltfor each model pathogen (or key technology):
1. introduction to the pathogen
2. Discussion of one current research paper.
The paper will be provided by the respective supervisor. He/she will give advice (if required) and guide the respective literature discussion.
SkriptTeachers will provide the research papers to be discussed.
Students will prepare handouts for the rest of the group for their assigned seminar.
LiteraturTeachers will provide the research papers to be discussed.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesRestricted to max 22 students. Please sign up until two weeks before the beginning of the semester via e-mail to Link and include the following information: 551-1100-00L; your name, your e-mail address, university/eth, students (specialization, semester), PhD students (research group, member of a PhD program? which program?). The 22 students admitted to this seminar will be selected and informed by e-mail in the week befor the beginning of the semester by W.-D. Hardt.
The first seminar date will serve to form groups of students and assign a paper to each group.
551-0512-00LCurrent Topics in Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Findet dieses Semester nicht statt.
Number of participants limited to 8
W2 KP1SU. Suter
KurzbeschreibungThe course is a literature seminar or "journal club". Each Friday a student, or a member of the Suter Lab in the Institute of Molecular Health Sciences, will present a paper from the recent literature.
LernzielThe course introduces you to recent developments in the fields of cellular and molecular neurobiology. It also supports you to develop your skills in critically reading the scientific literature. You should be able to grasp what the authors wanted to learn e.g. their goals, why the authors chose the experimental approach they used, the strengths and weaknesses of the experiments and the data presented, and how the work fits into the wider literature in the field. You will present one paper yourself, which provides you with practice in public speaking.
InhaltYou will present one paper yourself. Give an introduction to the field of the paper, then show and comment on the main results (all the papers we present are available online, so you can show original figures with a beamer). Finish with a summary of the main points and a discussion of their significance.
You are expected to take part in the discussion and to ask questions. To prepare for this you should read all the papers beforehand (they will be announced a week in advance of the presentation).
SkriptPresentations will be made available after the seminars.
LiteraturWe cover a range of themes related to development and neurobiology. Before starting your preparations, you are required to check with Laura Montani (Link), who helps you with finding an appropriate paper.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesYou must attend at least 80% of the journal clubs, and give a presentation of your own. At the end of the semester there will be a 30 minute oral exam on the material presented during the semester. The grade will be based on the exam (45%), your presentation (45%), and a contribution based on your active participation in discussion of other presentations (10%).
551-1118-00LCutting Edge Topics: Immunology and Infection Biology II Information W2 KP2SA. Oxenius, B. Becher, C. Halin Winter, N. C. Joller, M. Kopf, S. R. Leibundgut, C. Münz, F. Sallusto, R. Spörri, M. van den Broek, Uni-Dozierende
KurzbeschreibungWöchentliches Seminar über aktuelle Themen der Immunologie und Infektionsbiologie. International renommierte Experten referieren über ihre aktuellen Forschungsresultate mit anschliessender offener Diskussion.
LernzielWöchentliches Seminar über aktuelle Themen der Immunologie und Infektionsbiologie. International renommierte Experten referieren über ihre aktuellen Forschungsresultate mit anschliessender offener Diskussion.
Ziel der Veranstaltung ist die Konfrontation von Studenten und Doktoranden mit aktuellen Forschungsthemen und mit wissenschaftlicher Vortragsform. Studenten und Doktoranden wird die Gelegenheit geboten, sich mit diversen Themen vertieft auseinander zu setzen, welche oft in den Konzeptkursen nur knapp präsentiert werden und mit Experten auf dem Gebiet zu diskutieren.
InhaltImmunologie und Infektionsbiologie.
Die speziellen Themen variieren jedes Semester und hängen von den eingeladenen Experten ab.
551-1310-00LA Problem-Based Approach to Cellular Biochemistry Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Number of participants limited to 12.
W6 KP2GM. Peter, V. Korkhov, G. Neurohr, V. Panse, A. E. Smith, F. van Drogen
KurzbeschreibungIndependent, guided acquisition of a defined area of research, identification of key open questions, development of an experimental strategy to address a defined question, and formulation of this strategy within the framework of a research grant.
LernzielWorking independently, students will acquire an overview of a defined research area, and identify important open questions. In addition, they will develop an experimental strategy to address a defined question, and to formulate this strategy within the framework of a research grant.
InhaltThe students will work in groups of two to three, in close contact with a tutor (ETH Prof or senior scientist). A research overview with open questions and a research grant will be developed independently by the students, with guidance from the tutor through regular mandatory meetings. The students will write both the research overview with open questions and the grant in short reports, and present them to their colleagues.
LiteraturThe identification of appropriate literature is a component of the course.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThis course will be taught in English, and requires extensive independent work.
551-0140-00LEpigeneticsW4 KP2VA. Wutz, U. Grossniklaus, R. Paro, R. Santoro
KurzbeschreibungEpigenetik untersucht die Vererbung von Merkmalen, die nicht auf eine Veränderung der DNA Sequenz zurückgeführt werden kann. Die Vorlesung gibt einen Überblick über epigenetische Phänomene und erklärt die zugrundeliegenden molekularen Mechanismen. Die Rolle von epigenetischen Prozessen bei der Krebsentstehung und anderen Krankheiten wird diskutiert.
LernzielDas Ziel des Kurses ist das Verständnis von epigenetischen Mechanismen und deren Funktion in der Entwicklung von Organismen, bei Regenerationsprozessen oder bei der Entstehung von Krankheiten.
- Historischer Überblick, Konzepte und Vergleich Genetik vs. Epigenetik
- Biologie von Chromatin: Struktur und Funktion, Organisation im Kern und die Rolle von Histon Modifikationen bei Prozessen wie Transkription und Replikation.
- DNA-Methylierung als epigenetische Modifikation
- Weitergabe epigenetischer Modifikationen während der Zellteilung: das Zellgedächtnis
- Stabilität/Revertierbarkeit epigenetischer Modifikationen: zelluläre Plastizität und Stammzellen.
- Genomisches Imprinting in Pflanzen und in Säugern
- X Chromosom Inaktivierung und Dosiskompensation
- Positionseffekte, Paramutationen und Transvektion
- RNA-induziertes Gensilencing
- die Rolle von epigenetischen Prozessen bei der Krebsentstehung oder der Zellalterung.
551-0224-00LAdvanced Proteomics Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Für Masterstudierende ab 2. Semester, Doktorierende und Postdoktorierende
W4 KP6GP. Picotti, L. Gillet, A. Leitner, P. Pedrioli
KurzbeschreibungZiel dieses Kurses ist es, etablierte und neue Technologien der Protein- und Proteome-Analyse kennenzulernen in Bezug auf ihre Anwendung in Biologie, Biotechnologie und Medizin.
Format: Einführung durch Dozent mit anschliessender Diskussion, unterstützt durch Literaturarbeit und Übungen.
LernzielIm Kurs werden sowohl die bereits etablierten als auch die neuesten derzeit entstehenden Technologien und Methoden in der Protein- und Proteomanlayse diskutiert im Hinblick auf ihre Anwendung in der Biologie, Biotechnologie, Medizin und Systembiologie.
InhaltBlock course teaching current methods for the acquisition and processing of proteomic datasets.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesNumber of people: Not exceeding 30.
Students from ETHZ, Uni Zurich and University of Basel
Non-ETH students must register at ETH Zurich as special students Link
551-1126-00LTechnologies in Molecular MicrobiologyW4 KP2VB. Nguyen, W.‑D. Hardt, weitere Dozierende
KurzbeschreibungThe lecture course provides an advanced understanding of modern techniques used in molecular microbiology. Current technologies and research directions in molecular microbiology including applied aspects will be illustrated with paper discussions. The format is a lecture course enriched by group activities.
LernzielThe lecture course aims at providing principles of modern techniques used in molecular microbiology. Emphasis is on genetic, biochemical, cellular, and community analysis . Discussion of a set of commonly applied technologies will assist students in evaluating current research in molecular microbiology and choosing appropriate methods for their own demands.
InhaltImportant genetic, biochemical, biophysical, and community analysis methods will be presented that are used to gain a deeper understanding of the molecular principles and mechanisms underlying basic physiological processes in prokaryotes. Applied aspects of molecular microbiology and current research in this area will also be covered.

List of topics:
- Analysis of genes, genomes and transcriptomes
- Analysis of proteins, proteomes and microbial systems
SkriptUpdated handouts will be provided during the class.
LiteraturCurrent literature references, relevant papers and handouts will be provided during the lectures.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThe following lecturers will contribute to the course:
Dr. Alex Brachmann (ETH)
Prof. Hans-Martin Fischer (ETH)
Dr. Florian Freimoser (Agroscope)
Dr. Jonas Grossmann (FGCZ)
Annika Hausmann (ETH)
Dr. Bidong Nguyen (ETH)
Dr. Bernd Roschitzki (FGCZ)
Dr. Roman Spörri (ETH)
551-0338-00LCurrent Approaches in Single Cell Analysis (University of Zurich)
Der Kurs muss direkt an der UZH belegt werden.
UZH Modulkürzel: BME327

Beachten Sie die Einschreibungstermine an der UZH: Link
W2 KP2VB. Bodenmiller, Uni-Dozierende
KurzbeschreibungIn this lecture, we will discuss the most important single cell
approaches, the questions they can address and current developments. We will cover single cell: genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics (CyTOF mass cytometry), metabolomics and highly multiplexed imaging. Finally, we will also discuss the latest approaches for the analysis of such generated highly multiplexed single cell data.
LernzielOn completion of this module the students should be able to:
- explain the basic principles of single cell analysis techniques
- identify and justify the limitations of the current single cell
technologies and suggest reasonable improvements
- know the basic challenges in data analysis imposed by the complex
multi parameter data.
Key skills:
On completion of this module the students should be able to:
- summarize and discuss the impact these technologies have on biology
and medicine
- design biological and biomedical experiments for which single cell
analysis is essential
InhaltCurrently single cell analysis approaches revolutionize the way we study and understand biological systems. In all biological and biomedical settings, cell populations and tissues are highly heterogeneous; this heterogeneity plays a critical role in basic biological processes such as cell cycle, development and organismic function, but is also a major player in disease, e.g. for cancer development, diagnosis and treatment.
Currently, single cell analysis techniques are rapidly developing and
find broad application, as the single cell measurements not only enable
to study cell specific functions, but often reveal unexpected biological
mechanisms in so far (assumed) well understood biological processes.
In this lecture, we will discuss the most important single cell approaches, the questions they can address and current developments. We will cover single cell genomics, single cell transcriptomics, single cell proteomics (CyTOF mass cytometry), single cell metabolomics and highly multiplexed single cell imaging. Finally, we will also discuss the latest approaches for the analysis of such generated highly multiplexed single cell data.
551-1404-00LRNA and Proteins: Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Gene Expression (University of Zurich)
Der Kurs muss direkt an der UZH belegt werden.
UZH Modulkürzel: BCH252

Beachten Sie die Einschreibungstermine an der UZH: Link
W3 KP2VUni-Dozierende
KurzbeschreibungThe course introduces the cellular processes and molecular mechanisms involved in regulating genome expression at the post-transcriptional level.
Topics will include :
-RNA processing, and transport;
-protein synthesis and translational control, trafficking and degradation;
-RNA-guided regulation (RNA interference, microRNAs);
-molecular surveillance and quality control mechanisms
Lernziel-Outline the cellular processes
used by eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells
to control gene expression at the post-
transcriptional level.
-Describe the molecular mechanisms
underlying post-transcriptional gene
-Identify experimental approaches
used to study post-transcriptional gene
regulation and describe their strengths
and weaknesses.
551-1412-00LMolecular and Structural Biology IV: Visualizing Macromolecules by X-Ray Crystallography and EMW4 KP2VN. Ban, D. Böhringer, T. Ishikawa, M. A. Leibundgut, K. Locher, M. Pilhofer, K. Wüthrich, weitere Dozierende
KurzbeschreibungThis course provides an in-depth discussion of two main methods to determine the 3D structures of macromolecules and complexes at high resolution: X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy. Both techniques result in electron density maps that are interpreted by atomic models.
LernzielStudents will obtain the theoretical background to understand structure determination techniques employed in X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy, including diffraction theory, crystal growth and analysis, reciprocal space calculations, interpretation of electron density, structure building and refinement as well as validation. The course will also provide an introduction into the use of cryo-electron tomography to visualize complex cellular substructures at sub-nanometer resolutions, effectively bridging the resolution gap between optical microscopy and single particle cryo-electron microscopy. Lectures will be complemented with practical sessions where students will have a chance to gain hands on experience with sample preparation, data processing and structure building and refinement.
Inhalt- History of Structural Molecular Biology

- X-ray diffraction from macromolecular crystals

- Data collection and statistics, phasing methods

- Crystal symmetry and space groups

- X-ray data processing

- Principle of cryo-EM for biological macromolecules I, including hardware of TEM and detectors, image formation principle (phase contrast, spherical aberration, CTF), 3D reconstruction (central-section theorem, backprojection, missing information)

- Single particle analysis, including principle (projection matching, random conical tilt, angular reconstitution)

- Tomography I, including basics and subtomogram averaging

- Tomography - recent techniques, including cryo-FIB
- EM specimen preparation (cryo, negative stain), initial EM data processing

- EM and X-ray structure building, refinement, validation and interpretation

- Model building and refinement
551-1414-00LMolecular and Structural Biology V: Studying Macromolecules by NMR and EPRW4 KP2VF. Allain, A. D. Gossert, G. Jeschke, K. Wüthrich
KurzbeschreibungThe course provides an overview of experimental methods for studying function and structure of macromolecules at atomic resolution in solution. The two main methods used are Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy.
LernzielInsight into the methodology, areas of application and limitations of these two methods for studying biological macromolecules. Practical exercises with spectra to have hands on understanding of the methodology.
InhaltPart I: Historical overview of structural biology.
Part II: Basic concepts of NMR and initial examples of applications.
2D NMR and isotope labeling for studying protein function and molecular interactions at atomic level.
Studies of dynamic processes of proteins in solution.
Approaches to study large particles.
Methods for determination of protein structures in solution.
Part III: NMR methods for structurally characterizing RNA and protein-RNA complexes.
Part IV: EPR of biomolecules
Literatur1) Wüthrich, K. NMR of Proteins and Nucleic Acids, Wiley-Interscience.
2) Dominguez et al, Prog Nucl Magn Reson Spectrosc. 2011 Feb;58(1-2):1-61.
3) Duss O et al, Methods Enzymol. 2015;558:279-331.
551-1700-00LIntroduction to Flow Cytometry Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Number of participants limited to 24.
W2 KP1VJ. Kisielow, L. Tortola, weitere Dozierende
KurzbeschreibungThe lecture provides an introduction to flow cytometry. We will cover the technology basics, experimental design, data acquisition and analysis of flow and mass cytometry. In addition, various research applications will be discussed. The format is a lecture course enriched by a visit to the ETH Flow Cytometry Core Facility and practical demonstration of the use of analysis and sorting instruments.
LernzielThe goal of this course is to provide the basic knowledge of flow and mass cytometry required for planning and execution of cytometric experiments.
InhaltThe lecture course aims at teaching principles of flow cytometry. The emphasis is on theoretical principles (signal detection, fluorochromes, signal spill-over and compensation) as well as practical aspects of experimental design and performance (sample preparation, controls, data acquisition and analysis).
List of topics:
- Principles of Flow Cytometry
- Signal processing
- Compensation and Controls
- Data analysis, gating and presentation
- Panel design
- Sorting
- Mass cytometry
- High-dimensional data analysis
- Practical demonstration (hardware and software)
Modern flow cytometric techniques for immunophenotyping, analysis of proliferation, cell cycle, apoptosis and cell signalling will be introduced.
SkriptUpdated handouts will be provided during the class.
LiteraturCurrent literature references on immunophenotyping, analysis of proliferation, cell cycle, apoptosis and cell signalling will be discussed during the lectures.
376-1306-00LClinical Neuroscience (University of Zurich) Information
No enrolment to this course at ETH Zurich. Book the corresponding module directly at UZH.
UZH Module Code: BIO389

Mind the enrolment deadlines at UZH:
W3 KP3VG. Schratt, Uni-Dozierende
KurzbeschreibungThe lecture series "Clinical Neuroscience" presents a comprehensive, condensed overview of the most important neurological diseases, their clinical presentation, diagnosis, therapy options and possible causes. Patient demonstrations (Übungen) follow every lecture that is dedicated to a particular disease.
LernzielBy the end of this module students should be able to:
- demonstrate their understanding and deep knowledge concerning the main neurological diseases
- identify and explain the different clinical presentation of these diseases, the methodology of diagnosis and the current therapies available
- summarize and critically review scientific literature efficiently and effectively
701-1708-00LInfectious Disease DynamicsW4 KP2VS. Bonhoeffer, R. D. Kouyos, R. R. Regös, T. Stadler
KurzbeschreibungThis course introduces into current research on the population biology of infectious diseases. The course discusses the most important mathematical tools and their application to relevant diseases of human, natural or managed populations.
LernzielAttendees will learn about:
* the impact of important infectious pathogens and their evolution on human, natural and managed populations
* the population biological impact of interventions such as treatment or vaccination
* the impact of population structure on disease transmission

Attendees will learn how:
* the emergence spread of infectious diseases is described mathematically
* the impact of interventions can be predicted and optimized with mathematical models
* population biological models are parameterized from empirical data
* genetic information can be used to infer the population biology of the infectious disease

The course will focus on how the formal methods ("how") can be used to derive biological insights about the host-pathogen system ("about").
InhaltAfter an introduction into the history of infectious diseases and epidemiology the course will discuss basic epidemiological models and the mathematical methods of their analysis. We will then discuss the population dynamical effects of intervention strategies such as vaccination and treatment. In the second part of the course we will introduce into more advanced topics such as the effect of spatial population structure, explicit contact structure, host heterogeneity, and stochasticity. In the final part of the course we will introduce basic concepts of phylogenetic analysis in the context of infectious diseases.
SkriptSlides and script of the lecture will be available online.
LiteraturThe course is not based on any of the textbooks below, but they are excellent choices as accompanying material:
* Keeling & Rohani, Modeling Infectious Diseases in Humans and Animals, Princeton Univ Press 2008
* Anderson & May, Infectious Diseases in Humans, Oxford Univ Press 1990
* Murray, Mathematical Biology, Springer 2002/3
* Nowak & May, Virus Dynamics, Oxford Univ Press 2000
* Holmes, The Evolution and Emergence of RNA Viruses, Oxford Univ Press 2009
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesBasic knowledge of population dynamics and population genetics as well as linear algebra and analysis will be an advantage.
551-1103-00LMicrobial Biochemistry Information W4 KP2VJ. Vorholt-Zambelli, J. Piel
KurzbeschreibungThe lecture course aims at providing an advanced understanding of the physiology and metabolism of microorganisms. Emphasis is on processes that are specific to bacteria and archaea and that contribute to the widespread occurrence of prokaryotes. Applied aspects of microbial biochemistry will be pointed out as well as research fields of current scientific interest.
LernzielThe lecture course aims at providing an advanced understanding of the physiology and metabolism of microorganisms.
InhaltImportant biochemical processes specific to bacteria and archaea will be presented that contribute to the widespread occurrence of prokaryotes. Applied aspects of microbial biochemistry will be pointed out as well as research fields of current scientific interest. Emphasis is on concepts of energy generation and assimilation.

List of topics:
Microbial Biochemistry and origin of life
Methanogenesis and methylotrophy
Anaerobic oxidation of methane
Microbial autotrophy
Complex: (Ligno-)Cellulose and in demand for bioenergy
Challenging: Aromatics and hydrocarbons
Living on a diet and the anaplerotic provocation
20 amino acids: the making of
Extending the genetic code
The 21st and 22nd amino acid
Some exotic biochemistry: nucleotides, cofactors
Ancient biochemistry? Iron-sulfur clusters, polymers
Secondary metabolites: playground of evolution
LiteraturWill be provided during the course.
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