Journal club of RNA biology

Name of the course: Journal club of RNA biology

ECTS: 1 per semester

Course parameter:

Time of year: all year

Level of course: PhD course

Capacity limits: 20

Language: English

Objectives of the course:

The main objective of the course is to find and discuss novel research under the general scope of RNA biology, and through this establish a general understanding of the biological and technological impact of RNA in modern molecular biology.

Learning outcomes and competences:

At the end of the course, the students are expected to be able to:

  • Identify, summarize, present and discuss scientific papers at an academic level
  • Obtain general understanding of the metabolism and utility of RNA inside eukaryotic cells
  • Understand the existing challenges in RNA research
  • Criticize the state-of-art RNA research constructively

Compulsory programme:

Reading of relevant papers, active participation in the discussion during the journal club, and serving as a presenter on a regular basis.

Course contents:

Meetings every week to discuss scientific papers selected in advance by the student who is presenting. All attending students shall read the papers of the week in advance, and the presenter will make a brief introduction of the papers and lead the following academic discussion. The expected duration per journal club is 3 hours, (2 hours to read papers and search information and one hour to attend the journal club).


Basic knowledge about molecular biology and cell biology.

Name of lecturer:

Professor Torben Heick Jensen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics – Section of Genome expression, stability and technology, Aarhus University

Type of course/teaching methods:

Yearly course with a meeting every week, where papers are presented and discussed.

Course assessment:

Satisfactory presentations and active participation at the meetings.


Wednesdays at 9:00 to 10:00.




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Revised 16.05.2017