Netherlands, Utrecht (Utrecht City Campus)

Exploring Nature's Molecular Machines

when 7 August 2014 - 18 August 2014
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 835

We will focus on the chemical principles underlying protein structure and function and how proteins fold and assemble into complex “molecular machines”. The students will be introduced to advanced methods in structural and molecular biology and biophysics for decoding the cellular protein machinery at atomic resolution. We will examine how malfunction of specific components can lead to systemic failure and disease. The school will combine theory (lectures, tutorials) with experiments in research laboratories.

Course leader

Dr. S.G.D. Rüdiger

Target group

Advanced bachelors / beginning masters in the early stage of their study with a background in chemistry, molecular biology or biophysics as well as proficiency in English.

Course aim

To introduce the student to technology for decoding nature’s molecular machines, and how the acquired knowledge provides a rationale for novel therapeutic interventions and applications in nano- and synthetic biology.

Credits info

3 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 835: € 835 - Course + course materials + housing
€ 500 - Course + course materials
EUR 500: Course + course materials


Candidates can apply for one of three scholarships which will pay for the course fee, half of the housing costs and half of the travel costs. If you want to receive a scholarship, please explain this in your motivation letter.

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