The programme introduces into molecular aspects in cell biology, developmental biology, microbiology, biophysics. Furthermore, topics and concepts in neuroscience, infection and immunity, integrative biology, and biomedicine are presented. Special attention is given to the eucaryotic cell and both the fundamental principles of molecular cell biology and the huge structural and functional diversity of molecules, organelles and cells. Molecular aspects are addressed using tools of bioinformatics and computational systems biology based approaches. These include functional genomics, dynamic analysis of the transcriptome, metabolic and regulatory networks.
The two major topics are composed of two theory modules as well as a practical course unit each. Further research training is provided in a selected field of interest, and the students are actively involved in ongoing research projects and learn to independently plan and perform both theoretical and experimental work and finally, to summarize and discuss the results obtained in the thesis.
The students become familiar with theoretical aspects and principles in cell biology, developmental biology, microbiology, biophysics, bioinformatics and understand recent results in systems biology. With several bioinformatics tools, they learn to use computer based approaches to address and resolve problems in various fields of molecular biology. They are also able to review and expand their knowledge of standard molecular techniques and are able to choose methods and techniques to design experiments in a specific research area. The students learn to perform biohazard risk assessments and to setup appropriate biosafety actions. They are aware of scenarios in research and environment that may be associated with biological hazards.