PhD course

Biomedical Research Course: Matrix Biology

  • ECTS credits3
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBMED904
  • Resources

Course description

Language of instruction

Norwegian, HOWEVER English will be used if there are any English-speaking candidates.

Course content

Advanced course in extracellular matrix to graduate students, 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 be able to:

- Describe the different cell-matrix interacting components
- Describe 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 evaluate a scientific article and proposing possible research questions, and designing suitable research strategies for answering the questions.

Study period

May/June 2019
Requires minimum10 participants

Credits (ECTS)


Specific terms

Course registration and deadlines

PhD students at the University of Bergen must register via StudentWeb (http://studentweb.uib.no) before February 1 or September 1.

PhD students at other Norwegian institutions can apply as external visitig students to the Faculty of Medicine using this form: https://skjemaker.app.uib.no/view.php?id=2685067. Deadline: December 1 for spring semester. The applicants must document that they are registered at their home institution. Acceptance is dependent on course availability and personal scientific background. Once you have external visiting student rights, register for the course via StudentWeb (deadline February 1 for spring).

Foreign students may participate depending on their scientific background and course availability.

After the deadline, please contact the department directly via phd@biomed.uib.no, or +47 55 58 63 70.


Understanding of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry at the master level or equivalent.

Recommended previous knowledge

Understanding in signal transduction at the master level or equivalent (BMED330 or similar).

Part of training component

Recommended as part of the training component for candidates at the Department of biomedicine.

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/medical sciences

The course is intended for PhD candidates within the biomedical research field (medicine or natural sciences). The course is open for all interested candidates but PhD candidates who are supervised at the Department of Biomedicine or belong to the Molecular and Computational Biology Research School (MCB) have priority.

Addtional information

Supplementary course information

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


Teaching Methods:

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

One week 5 days + 80 hours


phd@biomed.uib.no / +47 55 58 63 70

Academic responsibility

Marion Kusche-Gullberg

Reading list

Background reading material will be provided prior to course start.

Course location

Department of Biomedicine, Faculty of Medicine

Study period

May/June 2019
Requires minimum10 participants