Cell Mimicry (2016)

ECTS credits: 2


Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year: 24 – 26 October 2016
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like:21/72
Capacity limits: None


Objectives of the course:
During the course a number of concepts, characteristics, phenomena and topics relevant for cell mimicry will be presented:

  • Self-assembly: The basics with focus on cell mimicry
  • Virus-like particles: assembly, properties and applications
  • Artificial organelles: basic material and biological properties and its application towards medical applications
  • Artificial cells: basic material and biological properties and its application towards medical applications
  • Artificial motility: self-propelled motion towards mimicking natural’s ways of locomotion

Learning outcomes and competences:

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Account for central material and self-assembly concepts, properties and characteristics within the field of cell mimicry.
  • Compare different cell mimics towards their properties and bio-related applications
  • Provide examples on how cell mimicry may be of relevance and have applications and potential within different biomedical areas.
  • Identify suitable biomaterials and assemblies towards specific medical issues
  • Describe the central content of a recent scientific article within the area of cell mimicry and examine it critically.

 Compulsory program:

In order to obtain the 2 ECTS points, the following requirements need to be fulfilled:

  • Attending the program from 24 – 26 Oct 2016
  • Preparation of the exercise handed out prior to the course
  • In time submission of the assignment after the course

Course contents:

The PhD course aims at providing the students with an overview over the emerging field of therapeutic cell mimicry.

The students will attend lectures given by scientists working on the topic. Following on, there will be an exercise on the subjects (paper discussion, group work or similar).

The students will have to prepare a provided assignment prior to the course.

The students will have to submit a written report within 2 weeks after the course. 




Name of lecturers:

Associate Prof. Brigitte Stadler, Aarhus University, Denmark
Prof Jan van Hest, Radboud University, The Netherlands

Lecturer Rona Chandrawati, University of Sydney, Australia
Assistant Prof Marta Bally, Chalmers, Sweden
ICREA Research Professor Samuel Sanchez, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Spain (tentative)
Associate Prof Alexander Zelikin, Aarhus University, Denmark


Type of course/teaching methods:
Lectures and exercises


Reviews provided by the lecturers


Course homepage:


Course assessment:
A minireview which discusses an assignment question in the context of the scientific area.
Grading: internal marking
Assessment: pass/fail 


Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, Denmark


Special comments on this course:


Monday, 24 October – Wednesday, 26 October 2016 from 9am – 5 pm


Building 1593 room 218, iNANO House, Aarhus University, Gustav Wieds Vej 14, Aarhus, Denmark


Deadline for registration is Monday, 17 October 2016. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than Wednesday, 19 October 2016.

For registration: http://webforms.au.dk?form=1458

If you have any questions, please contact Associate Prof. Brigitte Stadler, e-mail: bstadler@inano.au.dk

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