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.).
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
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
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
Didactic skills training as vocational preparation for life science professions
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.
Literatureseminar: Current aspects in gentherapy and stem cell research
Description: The seminar held in english is devoted to current relevant tumorbiological and gene therapeutic projects on the basis of the latest literature.
Mechanisms of tumor metastasis and new therapies through systems-medical research
Laboratory course introduction into methods in experimental biomedicine
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.
Elective module: Interdisciplinary Lecture Series: "Wissensforum” Health Research
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