Molecular & Cell Biology

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Molecular & Cell Biology

Exchange programme
Start: September
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Are you fascinated by what the CRISPR/Cas9 and other modern technologies in molecular biology can offer? Would you like to expand your bioinformatics skills and be involved in cancer research? This is your chance! Apply for the exchange programme Molecular & Cell Biology!


  • Credits: 30
  • Language: English
  • Location: Groningen
  • Startdate: September 2023

About this minor

The central theme of this exchange semester is Molecular and Cell Biology, and it is part of the bachelor programme Biology and Medical Laboratory Research at the Institute for Life Science & Technology. During this semester you will learn more about molecular biology and cell biology, two major pillars of contemporary scientific research in biology and medicine. Modern molecular technologies like next-generation sequencing, real-time PCR and CRISPR/Cas9, greatly facilitate scientists in their research. It is therefore important to gain knowledge and skills related to these technologies.

This practice-based exchange semester will let you discover the CRISPR/Cas9 technology, practice bioinformatics tools that help you in your molecular cloning procedure and learn various aspects of oncogenesis (cancer development). You will also have the opportunity to improve your scientific writing skills in English, and learn to set up and conduct a scientific experiment in the field of cancer research.

What will you learn

  • Theoretical and project work, based on real-life projects and involving lots of modern techniques in molecular and cell biology
  • Participation in an international atmosphere, working with students from different countries and cultural backgrounds, including The Netherlands

Module overview

  • Term 1 Molecular Biology 1

    3 ECTS, Course code: BOVH20RMOLBIO1 Molecular biology 1 will give the student an overview of modern methods and techniques that are used in molecular biological laboratories, like Recombinant DNA technologies, CRISPR/Cas9, interference RNA, epigenetics and transgenic models.

  • Term 1 Bio-informatics 3

    3 ECTS, Course code: BOVH20RBIN3 Analysis of DNA and protein sequences, advanced molecular cloning using Benchling, sequence alignment using ClustalW, PCR primer design, creating Excel graphs, introduction to Python.

  • Term 1 Laboratory Course Theme 9

    6 ECTS, Course code: BOVH20RTHM9 CRISPRi-dCas9 repression of sunI gene expression in Bacillus subtilis

  • Term 1 Scientific Writing in English

    2 ECTS, Course code: BOVH20RSWE

  • Term 1 Dutch Culture and Language

    1 ECTS, Course code: BOVH22RIAC1

  • Term 2 Pathology 1

    3 ECTS, Course code: BOVH20PATH1 Histopathology, cellular responses to stress, neoplasia, cancer and the immune system, leukemia and lymphoma, inflammation and repair, monoclonal antibody immunotherapy

  • Term 2 Genetics 2

    3 ECTS, Course code: BOVH20RGENS2 DNA replication and repair, regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes, developmental genetics, cancer and cell cycle regulation

  • Term 2 Cell Biology 1

    3 ECTS, Course code: BOVH20CELLB1 Molecular basis of cytoskeleton assembly and interaction with motor-proteins, inter- and intracellular communication (signal transduction pathways), cell cycle regulation

  • Term 2 Laboratory Course

    6 ECTS, Course code: BOVH20RTHM10 Project work on cancer research, e.g. effects of herbaceous extracts on tumor cell growth, methylation specific PCR, or tyrosine kinase inhibitors in the treatment of Non Small Cell Lung Carcinoma (NSCLC)

This minor programme is available for exchange students. Below you find more information about the application procedure.

  • Exchange students (molecular) Biology, Biotechnology or Biochemistry

    To enter this exchange minor, you must have completed two or three years of a bachelor's programme in the field of (molecular) Biology, Biotechnology or Biochemistry, or comparable. We also require a CEFR level of B2 or higher. You can apply for this exchange semester via our International Office, more information can be found on the Exchange Application page (see contact tab for a direct link).

Fields of interest

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  • Science and Engineering
  • Sports and Health
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