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Advanced cell and cancer biology

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

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


Recommended previous knowledge

BIO310 Concepts and Molecular Mechanisms in Normal and Cancer Cells


Weight Duration Marks Aid

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Svein Bjelland

Method of work

Lectures, colloquiums, questions/exercises

Open to

Biological Chemistry - Biotechnology - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Biological Chemistry - Master of Science Degree Programme


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 15.08.2020