MODELS IN GENETIC DISEASE RESEARCH

Second cycle degree in MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: MAURO AGOSTINO ZORDAN

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 4


Syllabus
Prerequisites: The course consists in a series of specific seminars dealing with the general topic of genetic diseases and the model organisms employed to study the molecular mechanisms involved in the physiopathology of the diseases. Consequently, all of the courses entailed by the Master's degree are considered preparatory to this course.
Examination methods: The final exam will be written and consists in reading a scientific paper dealing with the subject exposed in one of the seminars and, on the basis of the paper's content, writing an abstract, which for the occasion, will have been concealed from the original paper.
Course unit contents: The course is organized as a series of one-hour seminars on topics dealing mainly with genetic diseases and the use of model organisms in genetic disease research. Topics typically touch upon molecular aspects of select genetic diseases and on the application of models such as in vitro mammalian cells, yeast, Drosophila, zebrafish and mouse to study the pathogenetic mechanisms of specific genetic defects.