The IEGT is active in curricular and extra-curricular teaching of both, students at Rostock University Medical School and at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of Rostock University. The lectures, seminars and practical courses are customized for medical students (state examination), students of Medical Biotechnology (B.Sc. und M.Sc.) or Microbiology and Biochemistry (M.Sc). Study contents are designed to convey knowledge and competences in molecular medicine, cancer research, molecular virology, and the principles of gene therapeutic approaches as well as didactics in life sciences. A good part of our lectures and courses are held in English. Advanced students are granted the opportunity to perform academic work to obtain the degree as a Bachelor or a Master of Science, a Medical Doctor (Dr. med.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Dr. rer. nat.).


Laboratory course: methods-oriented practical course

Time and Location: 08:00-16:00 (7 days), IEGT labs, BMFZ, Schillingallee 69
Semester: WS
Lecturers: Prof. B.M. Pützer, Dr. O. Herchenröder, Dr. A. Spitschak
Description: Gene transfer- and gene expression and analysis technologies (DNA / RNA / RNA interference). Genetic Engineering – molecular cloning methodologies including viral and non-viral vector systems.


Laboratory course and seminar: Molecularmedicine and vector development

Time and Location: 09.00-16:00, (5 days),IEGT labs, BMFZ, Schillingallee 69
Semester: WS
Lecturers: Prof. B.M. Pützer, Dr. O. Herchenröder, Dr. A. Spitschak
Description: Contents: Basics in molecular research in medicine, pathomechanisms, viral and non-viral vector systems, virus-host-interactions, voris-cell-interactions, therapeutic strategies, clinical applications, regulatory aspects and targeting strategies, insight into animal models. Methodological/practicalcontents: production of vectors and quality control, DNA-cloning, techniques for gene- and protein expression analyses, individual genetics in molecular and preventive medicine, ethical aspects in science, gaining methodological competences,optimized strategies in diagnostics and therapy, safe handling of replication-competent vectors, application, and documentation of experiments involving genetically engineeredorganisms, gaining experience in optimized design of scientific experiments, uncovering causative pathogeneticcorrelations, German gene technology legislation.


Main lecture: MolecularVirology

Time and Location: Thursdays, 12:15-13:00, lecture hall, Schillingallee 70
Semester: WS
Lecturers: Dr. O. Herchenröder
Description: Classification and systematics of viruses, Baltimore classification system, genetic makeup of viruses: enveloped or naked, DNA or RNA, single- or double-stranded, segmented genomes, virus genes: structural or regulatory, virus replication: tropism, virus-cell-interaction, pathomechanisms, acute vs. chronic disease, molecular mechanisms of virus infections, latent and persistent infections, lysis, necrosis, apoptosis, immunological reactions, retroviruses, integration, oncogenic viruses, mechanisms of transformation and tumor formation, endogenous retroviruses, diagnostics of viral infections, immunization and prevention, antiviral therapy, viral gene transfer systems.


Elective: Special and Molecular Virology

Time and Location: Fr. 17:30-19:00, Schillingallee 69a, 70 - SR 125, Med. Th. Institute, Schillingallee 70
Semester: WS
Lecturers: Prof. B.M. Pützer
Description: Description coming soon


Literatureseminar: Current aspects in experimental cancer research

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 15:00-16:30, seminar room, BMFZ, Schillingallee 69
Semester: WS, SS
Lecturers: Prof. B.M. Pützer, Dr. O. Herchenröder,Dr. A. Spitschak
Description: The seminar held in english is devoted to current relevant tumorbiological and gene therapeutic projects on the basis of the latest literature.

30008 Seminar:

Didactic skills training as vocational preparation for life science professions

Time and Location: According to the announcements before each Summer Semester
Semester: SS
Lecturers: Dr. O. Herchenröder
Description: The elective course is supposed to train students for secondary tasks in their profession. These are reading, writing, talking, lecturing, writing abstracts and posters, presentation of literature and own project work, imparting knowledge to peers and the general public, as well as to assemble job application documents. The module is offered during the summer term depending on the subject as 2- or 3-hours seminars plus six hours of workshop held on a Saturday. The number of participants is limited to 15.


Laboratory course introduction into methods in experimental biomedicine

Time and Location: 08.00-16:00, (5 days), IEGT labs, BMFZ, Schillingallee 69
Semester: WS, SS
Lecturers: Prof. B.M. Pützer, Dr. A. Spitschak
Description: Basic molecular and cell biological experiments including cell culture, DNA-cloning, plasmid preparation, PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA transfer technologies, Western-blot, gene reporter assays, flow cytometry, ELISA.


Current research projects at the Medical –„Wissensforum”

Time and Location: Thursdays, 16:00-18:00, lecture hall,Chirurgie, Schillingallee 35
Semester: SS
Lecturers: Prof. B.M. Pützer, Dr. O. Herchenröder
Description: Mit Hilfe eines fakultätsweiten Forschungsseminars werden einzelne Forschungstätigkeiten an unserer Fakultät bekannt gemacht. Die Themen der Vorträge gruppieren sich nach Forschungsgebieten und werden schwerpunktmäßig zusammengefasst. Die Veranstaltung wird in der Regel in englischer Sprache abgehalten


Moleculare Virology: Onkogenic viruses

Time and Location: Mo. 18:00-19.00, seminar room,BMFZ, Schillingallee 69
Semester: SS
Lecturers: Prof. B.M. Pützer
Description: What are oncogenes and anti-oncogenes? Which viruses can cause cancer in man? What are the differences between DNA- and RNA-tumor viruses? How do DNA- and RNA-viruses transform a cell? There are seven viruses known to cause cancer in humans. The group comprises several Human Papilloma Viruses (HPV), the Hepatitis B (HBV) and the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), theEpstein-Barr Virus (EBV), the Human Herpesvirus 8 / Kaposi Sarkom-assoziierte Virus (HHV8/KSHV), the Humane T-lymphotrope Virus I (HTLV-I and -II) and the Merkel Cell Carcinoma Virus (MCPyV). This seminar deals with the mechanisms with which these viruses promote cancer onset. Further, the classification, transmission, diagnostics of HPV and the role of individual HPSs in pre-malign leasions of the cervix, the cervical carcinoma and the penile carcinoma are carved out. Finally, the epidemiology of HTLV-I and -II is reiterated as well as these viruses’ role in the emergence of the Adult T-cell lymphoma