Netherlands, Utrecht

Molecular Mechanisms in Cancer

when 17 July 2017 - 21 July 2017
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 EC
fee EUR 575

The students will be introduced to state-of-the-art methods in molecular cancer research and novel strategies for developing and testing drugs to halt the formation of tumours. The course combines lectures, discussions, laboratory tours, and a hands-on experiment.

The preliminary program includes the following topics (subject to change):
  • Day 1: oncogenes, tumour suppressors, tumor evolution, tumor segregation, signal transduction pathways.

  • Day 2: aneuploidy and cancer, cell adhesion in oncogenic transformation, intravital imaging of tumour progression and metastasis.

  • Day 3: sequencing the cancer genome, epigenetics and cancer, gene expression and cancer.

  • Day 4: stem cells and cancer, organoids, animal models in cancer research.

  • Day 5: personal genomes.

This course is organized by the research school Cancer, Stem cells and Developmental biology ( and will take place at the University Medical Center Utrecht (Department of Molecular Cancer Research) and the Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research on campus ‘De Uithof’ of Utrecht University.

Course leader

Prof. dr. ir. Boudewijn Burgering

Target group

Advanced bachelors/beginning masters in the (bio)medical and life sciences with a background in molecular biology, cell biology and genetics/genomics, as well as proficiency in English. Applicants go through a selection procedure, based on their c.v., motivation letter, grades and recommendation letter. Your application will be reviewed after you've submitted these files. We may however wait until we have a number of applicants so we can review them in one batch.
Maximum number of participants: 20.

Course aim

Aim of the course: After following the course, students should be able to explain how cancer develops, which techniques and models are used to study the cancer process, and how knowledge of the cancer process can be used to improve diagnosis and treatment.

Credits info

1.5 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 575: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 375: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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