Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO
CCBIO Research School course

Matrix Biology course

Welcome June 3-7 2019 to the course BMED904 Matrix Biology. Cell Biology and Physiology of the Extracellular Matrix.

Microscope photo of cell.
Pugazendhi Murugan Erusappan, UiB

BMED904 is a five day course, running every 2 years, that includes lectures from local researchers and a number of internationally well-known researchers within the field of matrix biology as well as practical laboratory training.

The course will cover various aspects of extracellular matrix (ECM) biology. A recurring theme will be the roles of the various ECM molecules and their functions in health and disease.

Note, all lectures are open to everyone interested!

Course name: BMED904 Matrix biology. Cell Biology and Physiology of the Extracellular Matrix.

Date: June 3-7, 2019

Place: BB-building, 3rd floor. Histology room 2 (histologisal 2) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (except for the Joanna Philips lecture the Thursday at 14.30-15.30, which is in Aud. 4, BB-building, on top of the entrance stairs).Wednesday: Histology room 1 (histologisal 1).

Registration linkhttps://skjemaker.app.uib.no/view.php?id=6301856
Candidates at UiB will also need to register via Studentweb, to register the 3 ECTS.

Arranged by:  Bergen Biomedical Research School (BBRS) and Centre for Cancer Biomarkers (CCBIO).

No course fee.


  • The extracellular matrix
  • Imaging in biomedical research
  • Proteoglycans, cell-matrix receptors
  • Focal adhesions and syndecan proteoglycans
  • Syndecans and disease
  • Matrix metalloproteinases
  • Artificial matrices for stem cell culture
  • Integrins: role in ECM
  • Fibroblast heterogeneity
  • The brain matrix and its potential role in disease
  • Laminin-deficient muscular dystrophy
  • GBM heterogeneity and extracellular regulation of oncogenic signaling
  • Transgene techniques
  • Proteoglycans – genetic disorders

Speaker list

  • Joanna Phillips, University of California, San Francisco, USA
  • Jan-Olof Winberg, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
  • John Couchman, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Catherine Merry, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Kalle Sipilä, King's College London, UK
  • Madeleine Durbeej, Lund University, Sweden
  • Ning Lu, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Donald Gullberg, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Marion Kusche-Gullberg, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Frits Alan Thorsen, University of Bergen, Norway

Program: See final program here.

Contact info:

Marion Kusche-Gullberg: marion.kusche@uib.no

Margarethe Bittins: margarethe.Bittins@uib.no