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 2016/2017 study year

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TOPIC # TITLE OF THE TOPIC MENTOR OF THE TOPIC
T-1 On the role of electrical charges and potentials in biology Bérczi A.
T-2 Therapeutic and diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals Tömböly Cs.
T-3 Functional genomic technologies and applications Puskás L.
T-4 Micro- and nanotechnology for cell biophysics Kelemen L.
T-5 Biochemistry of opioid receptors: binding, regulation and molecular modeling Benyhe S.
T-6 Heat shock proteins and their role in human diseases Sántha M.
T-7 Optogenetics: past, present and future Nagy F.
T-8 Molecular structure and function of biological barriers Krizbai I.
T-9 Interaction of nanoparticles with biological systems Vass I.
T-10 Innate immunity Andó I.
T-11 Biomedical potential of cyanobacteria and algae Kós P.
T-12 Mass spectrometry based proteomics Darula Zs.
T-13 Tumor immunology Vizler Cs.
T-14 Genetics, molecular and cell biology of cell death Monostori É.
T-15 Optical spectroscopic tools to investigate molecular organization of protein complexes Lambrev, P.
T-16 Role of carotenoids and lipids in membranes Gombos Z.

Schedule of the talks in the fall semester of the 2016/2017 study year

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TOPIC # TITLE OF THE TOPIC MENTOR OF THE TOPIC
T-17 Co-culture models to study mammalian cell interactions Deli, M.
T-18 Lipids in health and disease Balogh, E.G.
T-19 Intracellular skeletal structures in eukaryotes Vilmos, P.
T-20 Ways of genome modification for gene therapy purposes Mátés, L.
T-21 Novel alternatives in antimicrobial research: Phage therapy and enzybiotics Rákhely, G.
T-22 Microbial genome engineering for promoting health and understanding disease Fehér, T.
T-23 Developmental signaling pathways in human cancer Szikora, Sz.
T-24 Molecular background of stress tolerance in plants Szabados, L.
T-25 Protein folding Páli, T.
T-26 Next generation sequencing: new possibilities in medicine Kereszt, A.
T-27 Epigenetic regulation of differential gene expression Sipos, L.
T-28 Coordination of cell division and differentiation Magyar, Z.
T-29 New trends in biophotonics Dér, A.
T-30 Advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques Ayaydin, F.
T-31 Diverse biological roles of protein ubiquitynation Endre, G.
T-32 Ubiquitylation: its role and medical significance Deák, P.

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 On the role of electrical charges and potentials in biology

T-2 Therapeutic and diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals

T-3 Functional genomic technologies and applications

T-4 Micro- and nanotechnology for cell biophysics

T-5 Biochemistry of opioid receptors: binding, regulation and molecular modeling

T-6 Heat shock proteins and their role in human diseases

T-7 Optogenetics: past, present and future

T-8 Molecular structure and function of biological barriers

T-9 Interaction of nanoparticles with biological systems

T-10 Innate immunity

T-11 Biomedical potential of cyanobacteria and algae

T-12 Mass spectrometry based proteomics

T-13 Tumor immunology

T-14 Genetics, molecular and cell biology of cell death

T-15 Optical spectroscopic tools to investigate molecular organization of protein complexes

T-16 Role of carotenoids and lipids in membranes

T-17 Co-culture models to study mammalian cell interactions

T-18 Lipids in health and disease

T-19 Intracellular skeletal structures in eukaryotes

T-20 Ways of genome modification for gene therapy purposes

T-21 Novel alternatives in antimicrobial research: Phage therapy and enzybiotics

T-22 Microbial genome engineering for promoting health and understanding disease

T-23 Developmental signaling pathways in human cancer

T-24 Molecular background of stress tolerance: lessons from plant systems

T-25 Protein folding

T-26 Next generation sequencing: new possibilities in medicine

T-27 Epigenetic regulation of differential gene expression

T-28 Coordination of cell division and differentiation

T-29 New trends in biophotonics

T-30 Advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques

T-31 Diverse biological roles of protein ubiquitination

T-32 Ubiquitylation: its role and medical significance

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