Cellular Programs



Trang Do, Hanah Betsy Robertson, Sudharshini Thangamurugan

WS 2023/24
Special-Topic Lecture Biosciences
Credit Points
5 CP

2:15 pm – 4:00 pm,
building E2 1, room 001,
and via MS Teams,
starting on October 24th


biweekly, first tutorial: Monday, Nov. 13th, 4:30 pm, online via MS Teams


Thursday, February 29th, 2024, 10 am – 12, building E1 3, lecture hall 002; exam registration in LSF until February 22nd is mandatory for participation


Friday, April 19th, 2024, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, E2 1, seminar room 007; exam registration in LSF until April 12th is mandatory for participation


The course will be presented in hybrid format too, attendance in presence is encouraged.

Please send an email to Kerstin Gronow-Pudelek if you want to be added to the MS Teams group of the course.

This course can be used as a “Spezialvorlesung der Biowissenschaften/Special-topic Lecture Biosciences”.


There are no formal requirements, but solid prior knowledge about the following topics is enocuraged:

  • cellular networks
  • genetics
  • cell biology
  • omics technologies


  1. biological content
    • circadian rhythms
    • cell cycle
    • cell differentiation/cell reprogramming
    • development of cancer
  2. bioinformatics content
    • gene expression analysis
    • DNA methylation analysis
    • time series analysis
    • gene ontology and pathway annotation
    • interaction networks
    • application of clustering techniques
    • construction of gene-regulatory networks

Conditions for Certification

  1. There will be n=6 biweekly assignments. Students need to answer questions and write short essays about topics covered in the lecture and in assigned research papers. There are three possible grades: excellent, pass, failed. Students need to get a “pass” grade on at least n-1 assignments or n-3 “pass” and one “excellent” grade.
  2. A written final exam of 120 min. will be offered at the end of the semester.
  3. Students need to present at least once during the lecture in a group of up to 3 students on the content of an assigned research paper (20 min. presentation and 10 min. discussion).

Certification (Schein)

An averaged score will be computed from the mark of the final exam (counts 2/3) and the graded presentation (counts 1/3). This yields the grade of certification (“Schein”).


Lectures take place on Tuesdays from 10:15 am to 11:45 am in building E2.1 room 001, as well as online in Microsoft Teams. The lecture slides are available in the Microsoft Teams group in the “General” channel under “Files”.

Lecture 1
Tue, October 24
Lecture 2
Mon, October 30
Lecture 3
Mon, November 6
Lecture 4
Mon, November 13
Lecture 5
Mon, November 20
Lecture 6
Mon, November 27
Lecture 7
Mon, December 4
Lecture 8
Mon, December 11
Lecture 9
Mon, December 18
Lecture 10
Mon, January 8
Lecture 11
Mon, January 15
Lecture 12
Mon, January 22
Lecture 13
Mon, January 29
Lecture 14
Mon, February 5


Biweekly, starting on November 13th, 4:30 pm, online via MS Teams

Tutorial 1
Mon, November 13

Topics for Student Presentations

Here you will find the topics for your presentations (to be announced soon).

Topic 1

Example topic title

to be announced