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Biomedical Research Course: Matrix Biology

  • ECTS credits3
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBMED904
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Course description

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Course content

Advanced course in extracellular matrix to PhD-candidates, postdocs, senior scientists and other interested in matrix related research. This course gives an in-depth view of the interactions of cells with the extracellular matrix. The course aims toward an integrating understanding of the role of the extracellular matrix in health and in disease.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the candidate should have:

Knowledge of:

  • The different cell-matrix interacting components
  • The underlying principles governing cell-matrix interactions


  • Understand experimental procedures used to study interactions of cells with the extracellular matrix
  • Apply biochemical/cell biology aspects to understand the role of the extracellular matrix for normal hemostasis and for selected clinical problems
  • Discuss some current key questions in the field of cell-matrix interactions


  • Demonstrate analytical thinking by critically evaluating a scientific article and proposing possible research questions, and designing suitable research strategies for answering the questions.

Study period

7-11 June 2021

Credits (ECTS)


Specific terms

Course registration and deadlines

PhD-candidates at the University of Bergen register via Studentweb (http://studentweb.uib.no).
PhD-candidates and employees at external institutions can apply via søknadsweb (søknadsweb.uib.no).

Registration deadline: 1 February 2021

Recommended previous knowledge

Understanding in signal transduction at the master level or equivalent (BMED330 or similar). Understanding of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry at the master level or equivalent.

Form of assessment

To pass the course, the students must give an oral presentation on a selected topic.
Grading Scale: Pass / Fail

Who may participate

PhD-candidates in natural sciences or medical sciences. The course is intended for PhD-candidates within the biomedical research field. PhD-candidates who are supervised at the Department of Biomedicine or belong to the CCBIO research school have priority.

Addtional information

Supplementary course information

It is compulsory that the students attend lecturers and laboratory work/demonstrations.

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Lecturers and laboratory work (35 hours)
  • Preparation of presentations (ppt-presentation) and discussion (41 hours)
  • Seminars with student presentations based on selected articles (4 hours)
  • Participants are expected to read a few original articles prior to the course



Academic responsibility

Marion Kusche-Gullberg


Study period

7-11 June 2021