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Advanced cell and cancer biology

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

The course is based on BIO310 "Concepts and Molecular Mechanisms in Normal and Cancer Cells" and continues describing stem cells, telomers in cell immortalization/cell crisis and tumor progression and invasion. In addition, the different interactions between cells like heterotypic interactions and angiogenesis, and specifically the immune system, are discussed, as well as the dual role of immune mechanisms in pathogenesis. The course also deals with molecular defence mechanisms like DNA repair as well as mutagenesis.

Learning outcome

It is expected that the student has obtained enough knowledge to discuss important molecular and cellular mechanisms important to normal cell biology and cancer


The course discusses epigenetics, stem cells, molecular and cellular immunology, heterotypic interactions and angiogenesis, DNA repair and mutagenesis, telomerase and cell crisis and tumor progression/invasion/metastasis.

Required prerequisite knowledge

BIO310 Concepts and Molecular Mechanisms in Normal and Cancer Cells


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/14 hoursA - F

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Svein Bjelland

Method of work

Lectures, colloquiums, questions/exercises

Open to

Biological Chemistry - Biotechnology - Bachelor's Degree Programme


Robert A. Weinberg "The Biology of Cancer", 2nd Edition, 2014, Garland Science: Chapters 10-15. Selected scientific articles. Chapters from Madigan MT (last edition) "Brock Biology of Microorganisms".

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 13.11.2019