Location & dates Virtual 11 - 18 Sep 2020
Deadlines Application closed

EMBL Courses and Conferences during the Coronavirus pandemic

With the onsite programme paused, many of our events are now being offered in virtual formats.

Registration is open as usual for many events, with back-up plans in place to move further courses and conferences online as necessary. Registration fees for any events affected by the COVID-19 disruption are fully refundable.

More information for participants of events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found here.

EMBL is committed to sharing research advances and sustaining scientific interaction throughout the coronavirus pandemic. We are delighted to announce that the course is going virtual and invite you to join us online.

Course Overview

Liquid biopsies have the advantage of being largely non-invasive and providing a vast amount of information for the detection and monitoring of diseases such as cancer. This course will provide an overview in the several techniques to detect and analyse circulating tumour cells (CTCs), cell free tumor DNA (ctDNA), miRNA in liquid biopsies, cell free tumor RNA (ctRNA) and proteins. Participants will be introduced to all aspects ranging from proper sampling through error free sequencing to data analysis. Additional lectures will cover extracellular vesicles and clinical aspects using liquid biopsies, especially in the field of cancer diagnostics.

Please note that all participants are expected to engage in all sessions.


This course targets young scientists entering the field of liquid biopsy analysis and wanting to learn about the benefits and limitations of different approaches.


  • Ultra-sensitive mutation detection using sequencing

  • Single cell analysis in liquid biopsies

  • Digital PCR applications in the liquid biopsy workflow

  • Protein analysis in liquid biopsies

  • miRNA analysis in liquid biopsies

  • Hands-on data analysis and interpretations

Learning Outcomes

Participants will receive an overview of various workflows in liquid biopsies, from sample preparation to data analysis. The course provides and overview of the current methods. Whereby a strong focus will be on experimental design, best practices, pitfalls as well as dos and don'ts. After the course, participants should be able to assess the best methods for their application as well as design their experiments.

What past participants say about the course:

"The Liquid Biopsy course gave me plenty of new insights for different applications of the technique in cancer. I learned new techniques, discussed my project with top peers and met a lot of highly motivated young professionals. I incorporated the learned applications in my research and this really improved my current project." - Aleksei Tikhonov, Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology, RAS, Russian Federation 


EMBL Courses and Conferences are kindly supported by our Corporate Partnership Programme

Founder partners

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Corporate partners

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  • Boehringer Ingelheim logo
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  • Milteniy Biotec logo
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Associate partners

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  • New England Biolabs logo
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