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Predoc Course 2012Modules

RNA Biology

RNA Module

Life, as we know it, relies on translating genetic information into a physical and biological functional gene product. This flow of information from chromosomal genes to effectors (RNA and proteins) is complex and tightly-regulated. Gene expression allows the genetic blue-print to give rise to complex phenotypes, thus giving living organisms the ability to develop and respond to their ever-changing environment.

In this module, you will learn about fundamental principles of control over gene expression. You will go from the mystery of chromosomes all the way to figuring out how protein synthesis is controlled by small-interfering RNA molecules. In addition, you will hear first-hand about intriguing new developments in this research area and get to study regulation over gene function experimentally, first by joining our teams at the bench and then also in a dedicated literature seminar.

At the end of this module, you will have an up-to-date understanding of several molecular mechanisms involved in regulating gene expression, have learnt about useful inter-dependent methods, tools and approaches in this field, as well as having developed an appreciation for the remaining challenges and future opportunities.