Education - Postgradual Education

POSTGRADUAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Biological Research Centre
Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Sponsored by the grant No. TÁMOP-4.1.1.C-13/1/KONV-2014-0001, entitled


"Practice-oriented, student-friendly modernization of the biomedical education for strengthening the international competitiveness of the regional Hungarian universities"


Under the auspices of EU and ESF


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The aim of the present program is to promote the transfer of the latest achievements of the present-day scientific research and innovation to the higher education. The foremost commission is to prepare biology-, chemistry-, pharmacy-, medical-, etc students for the appreciation and application of the most recent scientific results in their chosen profession and to orient the talented fellows towards a professional research career. To achieve this goal, a combined theoretical and practical educational program in English has been developed by the committed research fellows of the academic institutions of the Biological Research Centre (BRC), which course is primarily recommended for the PhD students who are in the first year of their study period, or, as an optional subject, for last-year undergraduate students. The lectures and the practical demonstrations will be conducted by different scientists appointed on the basis of heir expertise. The participation is mandatory for the students of the International Training Course (ITC), who have also personal mentors during their 1-year study period.

Students who are interested, may select from altogether 4 modules of the program, which components are a two-part (two-semester) lecture course entitled Contemporary Experimental Biology I-II (2 × 16 classroom talks) and a linked, similarly two-part (two semester) laboratory exercise/demonstration entitled Modern Biological Research Practice I-II (2 × 16 sessions). The course is constructed in such a way that the talks (2 × 45’), providing the theoretical basis of a selected scientific field are followed by a corresponding practical demonstrations (2 × 45’) on the same day.

Classroom lectures: talks in English are scheduled weekly (every Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30), 2 × 45’; location: Seminar Room of the Institute of Biophysics (Room # 338).

Practical exercises: demonstrations, which are conducted in English and thematically connected to the morning classroom lectures, are held at every Wednesday, 13:00 – 14:30 in a research laboratory of the BRC to be announced at the morning talks.

Schedule of the talks in the fall semester of the 2017/2018 study year

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TOPIC # TITLE OF THE TOPIC MENTOR OF THE TOPIC
T-1 Mass spectrometry based proteomics Darula Zs./ Hunyadi-Gulyás É.
T-2 Optical spectroscopic tools to investigate molecular organization of protein complexes Lambrev, P. / Lambrev P.
T-3 Protein folding Páli T. / Sebőkné Nagy K.
T-4 Diverse biological roles of protein ubiquitination Ubiquitylation: its biological roles and medical significance Lipinszki Z., Endre G. / Nagy Á.
T-5 From opium to analgesic tests: an introduction to the functioning and studying of the opioid system Zádor F. / Zádor F., Szűcs E.
T-6 Therapeutic and diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals Tömböly Cs / Borics A., Dvorácskó Sz.
T-7 Innate immunity Varga GI. / Cinege Gy.
T-8 Advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques Ayaydin, F. / Ayaydin F.
T-9 Developmental signaling pathways in human cancer Földi I. / Szikora Sz.
T-10 Micro- and nanotechnology for cell biophysics Kelemen L. / Kelemen L.
T-11 New trends in biophotonics Kincses A. / Valkai S.

Requirements of participation, exams

Contemporary Experimental Biology I(fall) – II (spring)
Once a week (Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:30), 2 x 45’ classroom lecture in English, the number of attendees is not limited. Attending the lectures is mandatory; a participation sheet must be signed. Location: Seminar Room of the Institute of Biophysics (Room # 338). Exam: written exam at the end of the semester. Credit: 3 points.
The lectures will be available for registration regularly in the fall (I) and spring (II) semesters. Applications can be made anytime during the PhD study period, without any prerequisites, in any order.

Modern Biological Research Practice I (fall) – II (spring)
Once a week (Wednesdays 13:00 – 15:00), 2 x 45’ practical exercise in English, only limited number of attendees are allowed due to the size of the laboratories (6 – 10 people). Due to this limitation, the students of the ITC have priority when applying to this course. Attending the exercises is mandatory; a participation sheet must be signed. Location: Laboratories of the BRC (the exact location will be announced on the lecture before). Exam: At the end of each exercise a simple quick test sheet must be filled. Students’ grade will be determined by the average of these tests. Credit: 3 points.
The practical demonstrations for Part-I and Part-II will be available for registration in the fall and spring semesters, respectively. Students may apply anytime during their PhD studies, the only requirement for applying is to also have applied to the corresponding (I, or II) lecture, or have it completed in a previous year.

Study-aid material

In order to help the students better understand the lectures, or help them prepare for the exams, the slides of the lectures are available in high resolution copies and in handout forms as well (see below), which may be freely used on personal computers smart phones or might be printed to make notes during the lectures. The study material provided for the practical exercises must be printed and brought to the exercises by the students. Besides to these regularly updated study-aid-material, for those, who intend to start a scientific career, beyond the scope of a tutorial material, leading scientists of the BRC have developed a corresponding two-volume set of reviews providing a scientific outlook on the background of the teaching material. Click on the cover photos of the volumes to download the reviews in PDF format.

T-1 Mass spectrometry based proteomics

T-2 Optical spectroscopic tools to investigate molecular organization of protein complexes

T-3 Protein folding

T-4 Diverse biological roles of protein ubiquitination

T-5 From opium to analgesic tests: an introduction to the functioning and studying of the opioid system

T-6 Therapeutic and diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals

T-7 Innate immunity

T-8 Advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques

T-9 Developmental signaling pathways in human cancer

T-10 Micro- and nanotechnology for cell biophysics

T-11 New trends in biophotonics

Further information can be obtained from the educational administration of the course:

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Zsófia MELCZER
Educational Assistant
Tel: 36-62-599-614

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Mária DELI
Course Manager
Tel: 36-62-599-602