Hot Topics in Molecular Cell Biology (B-KUL-E09F5A)
To master all aspects of a scientific discussion (hot topic article): situating it in a broader context, analyzing the hypothesis, evaluation of the used methods, the data received and the consequent conclusions and the creative thinking process of the hypotheses which can be formulated based on these results and any future experiments.
The students have a thorough and deep understanding of the biology of the cell.
The student has a thorough knowledge of the structure and functions in an eukaryotic cell, the moledular biology, molecular genetics and the different building blocks of the cell and tissues. The student has followed the OPO ‘Advances in molecular cell biology’ or a similar course.
You should not indicate these choices in your ISP, but these should go through the choice program of the Faculty. More info on this will follow during the first week of the academic year. The final allotment of these courses will be done by the Faculty and announced on Toledo. The maximum number of students that can participate per research track is 20. Students from other faculties who wish to take one of the subjoined courses should submit a request at Anouk Desmet.
Only when the maximum number of students per research track has not been reached, students are permitted.
Articles and literature
Slides, transparencies, courseware
Toledo / e-platform
Order of Enrolment
You may only take this course if you comply with the prerequisites. Prerequisites can be strict or flexible, or can imply simultaneity. A degree level can be also be a prerequisite.
STRICT: You may only take this course if you have passed or applied tolerance for the courses for which this condition is set.
FLEXIBEL: You may only take this course if you have previously taken the courses for which this condition is set.
SIMULTANEOUS: You may only take this course if you also take the courses for which this condition is set (or have taken them previously).
DEGREE: You may only take this course if you have obtained this degree level.
SIMULTANEOUS(E09F4A) AND NIVEAU(BACHELOR)
The codes of the course units mentioned above correspond to the following course descriptions:
E09F4A : Advances in Molecular Cell Biology
Is also included in other courses
The contents will be decided on yearly, based on the most recent high impact research papers in the field of molecular cell biology with medical relevance. The focus of these papers will be on specific themes such as the organization of the eukaryote nucleus, signal transduction pathways, structure-analysis of membrane-receptors and nuclear receptors.
Description of learning activities
After a short introduction, the students have to summarize, present and discuss the specific papers (in groups of 2-4). The papers all treat different approaches to similar scientific questions. The link between the different papers will be made clear during a teacher-centred discussion (jigsaw method).
During the lecture, students (in small, changing groups of 3-4) have to analyze a research paper. The research papers have related subjects and/or methodology. During the second half of the lecture, students have to present the take home messages and discuss their paper with the other students.
The students are graded on participation in analysis in the small group, on presentation skills, on interaction with others students, on quality of questions and answers.
Attendance of the lectures
Participation is mandatory. If absent, no grades are given for this session.
Third examination period
When a student has a total score below 10/20, he/she will receive new assignments for each of the individual lectures he/she was graded below 10/20. These/this assignment(s) will be to read (a) paper(s), write a short summary with bullet points (1 page max) and discuss these with the teacher of that lecture.