MOL8001 - Molecular Physiology: Mechanisms and Methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100

Course content

Course description: The course is targeted at PhD students with interests in the fields of molecular biology/physiology/medicine. The course attempts to provide the knowledge about how molecular mechanisms can be the cause of physiological processes and how these mechanisms are regulated, which is the so-called molecular physiology. The PhD research program is often like "one gene, one PhD student." The idea behind this kind of research approach is that the whole of a living system can be understood by studying its individual parts, identifying the subset of genes and proteins that function in physiological context or malfunction to trigger disease. This so-called "mechanistic" approach has been conceived in hopes of understanding the biological system and of targeting the weak links in the system, fixing them, and eradicating the disease, referred as "molecular medicine." As science and technology rapidly develop, there are more and more tools to intervene and more and more parameters to be measured. Currently, we are able to study the expression of thousands of genes or hundreds of proteins at a time by high-through-put microarray technologies, providing a far more detailed molecular snapshot of life inside normal and abnormal cells. We attempt to study how the millions of molecules inside cells are organized into vast protein networks whose collective whole is greater than the individual parts. To meet this need, a novel approach, the so-called "systems biology", has been developing based on molecular biology in its special concern for the information transfer and on molecular physiology for its particularly dealing with adaptive states of the cell and organism.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student

  • Can use systems biology in general and its related methodology in particular.
  • Can do literature search and extract the relevant literature in the topic.
  • Is able to write scientific essays or mini-reviews on given topics.
  • Can give a short lecture on systems biology.
  • Has knowledge of active learning

Learning methods and activities

The course will provide rich opportunities, and flexible and individual activities to learn and discuss the molecular physiology and systems biology. It will emphasize this field representing a new approach to the medical research as compared with postgenomic biology, bioinformatics, "-omics", molecular physiology, and more. The course is organised in combination of lectures, individual discussions with tutors and active self-learning. Final exam will be an oral presentation of the student's own research study with focus on systems biology. The student's effort during the course will also be considerated in the exam evaluation.

Compulsory assignments

  • Lectures
  • Individual discussions with tutors
  • Active self study

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Admission requirements: Master degree or similar. Medical students at The Student Research Programme. Candidates with a lower degreee will be assessed individually. (Compare with Reccommended prev. knowledge)

Course materials

Reviews, original articles and prints of the lecture ppt with note pages.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  4.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Medicine
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 2021-12-17 13:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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