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Advanced Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology


Admission requirements

This course is intended for MSc students in the MSc specialisations offered by the Institute of Biology with experience in genetics, molecular biology and microbiology. A maximum of 45 students will be admitted to the course.


Coordinators: Dr. E. Vijgenboom and Dr. S. de Pater
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Lecture series about some of the most field-changing techniques in genetics and molecular biology, which have shaped the biotechnology sector. Lectures will be given by academic and industrial players active in the biotechnology field. In addition to lectures, students will work in small groups on case studies to solve an industrial-relevant problem using the learned techniques.

Learning goals

Course objectives:

  • Students will learn modern, state-of-the-art methodologies used in the field of biotechnology, with a special focus on genetics

  • Students will be able to implement state-of-the-art methodologies to find solutions for biotechnology-related problems

Final qualifications:
Students will be able to apply the acquired knowledge for tackling biotechnology-related problems


On Tuesdays from 27 November 2017 to 19 January 2018. Programme details will be announced via Blackboard.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, self-study of papers, case study

Assessment method

Written exam based on the lectures and a selection of key papers on topics discussed during the lectures. Students work in small groups on a case study, which will be assessed via a written report and short presentation.


Blackboard will be used for communication.

Reading list



Via USIS and enroll in Blackboard.

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