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Orientation on MCB Research


Admission requirements

A BSc in Biology or related subject (University or HLO), with a solid theoretical and practical training in Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Microbiology, and sufficient knowledge of Mathematics and Statistics.


Lectures will be given by group leaders and researchers of the MCB specialisation in eight sessions, each concentrated around the following research themes: ‘Animal Biology and Disease Models’, ‘Molecular and Developmental Genetics’, ‘Microbiology and Biotechnology’, and ‘Plant Cell Physiology and Natural Products’. The lectures will provide an integrated overview on the research topics and details on the research methods used. Some of the pitfalls of the research methods used will be discussed.

Learning goals

Course objectives:
To get familiar with the research and methods used within the research groups participating in the MCB specialisation, to get informed about frontiers of scientific research, to make the choice for a first MSc research project easier, and to make a concept program for the (2years) MCB MSc study.

Final qualifications:
A starting MSc student that has an overview of MCB research topics and methods, and established his/her concept MCB MSc study program, and arranged his/her first Research Project.


Okt 1: 9.00-14.00 MCB Research & Methods
Okt 2: 9.00-14.00 MCB Research & Methods & lab tour
Okt 3: “Leids ontzet”
Okt 4: 10.00-15.00 MDG Research & Methods
Okt 5: 9.00-14.00 MDGs Research & Methods & lab tour
Okt 8: 9.00-14.00 MBiot Research & Methods
Okt 9: 9.00-14.00 MBiot Rersearch & Methods & lab tour
Okt 10: 9.00-14.00 PCP Research & Methods
Okt 11: 9.00-14.00 PCP Research & Methods & lab tour
Okt 12: 13.00-17.00 Info market: job perspectives and research projects
Okt 15: 9.00 Hand in reports by email (see below)

Mode of instruction

Lectures by MCB staff and PhD students on research and methods, Lab tour

Assessment method

Of each session: a written report of maximally 2x A4 summarizing the main point of the presented research and methods. In the report, it should be indicated within which research theme the student would like to perform a research project (2 alternative options should be indicated). The reports per section should be sent by email before September 17, 9.00 am to:

MCB: Herman Spaink, email: h.p.spaink@biology.leidenuniv.nl
MDG: Paul Hooykaas, email: p.j.j.hooykaas@biology.leidenuniv.nl
MBiot: Arthur Ram, email: a.f.j.ram@biology.leidenuniv.nl
PCP: Johan Memelink, email: j.memelink@biology.leidenuniv.nl


The schedule for this course will be placed on blackboard

Reading list