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Cross Institutional Molecular Biophysics (2016)

ECTS credits: 10


Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year: Autumn 2016 (probably September to November)
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like: 77/250
Capacity limits: None


Objectives of the course:
The Cross Institutional Molecular Biophysics course is interdisciplinary and cross-institutional and will be given by a series of lecturers who are experts within each their subfield of biophysics. The coherence of the course is assured by emphasizing the molecular basis of modern biophysics. The course will take place at different institutions in order to expose the students to different research groups, their researchers and experimental research facilities. The course will thus give the student a unique opportunity of orienting him or herself within an active and diverse field of interdisciplinary science.

The course is relevant for biophysically oriented PhD students within physics, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, nano-bioscience, pharmaceutical sciences, agricultural science or biology. The emphasis of the course is a molecular description of biophysical systems and phenomena and it covers experimental methods, theoretical concepts, as well as molecular modeling. 


Learning outcomes and competences:
During the course the following will be covered:

Proteins, lipids, membranes, DNA, enzymes, receptors, transport, permeability, photoactivity, electrostatics, scattering theory, thermodynamics, forces in biological systems, light-, neutron- and X-ray scattering, magnetic resonance, protein folding, calorimetry, (confocal) fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy, molecular modeling and simulation, mechanical spectroscopy, optical tweezers, micromechanics, atomic-force microscopy, single-molecule techniques, and ellipsometry/neutron reflectometry, electrophysiology.


Compulsory programme:
Credit for the course requires the student's presence at a minimum of 7 out of the 9 lectures. The student presentations and evaluation and student talks are mandatory.


Course contents:
Each day of the course covers around seven hours, from 9-16. In general, the morning session will consist of a set of lectures and the afternoon session will predominantly involve either the student’s active participation in experiments, specific numerical exercises, or inspection of the local experimental facilities.


Accepted at a PhD programme


Name of lecturers:
KU: Lars Øgendal
NBI, KU: Lene Oddershede, Thomas Heimburg & Lise Arleth
RUC: Dorthe Posselt & Peter Westh
SDU: Ole G. Mouritsen, Himanshu Khandelia, David Needham, Koji Kinoshita, Adam C. Simonsen, Beate Klösgen & Luis Bagatolli
DTU: Claus H. Nielsen
AU: Thomas Vosegaard
AU: Daniel Otzen (Responsible for Course)


Type of course/teaching methods:
Lectures/seminars, exercises and tour of facilities


Will be announced every week during the course.


Course homepage:


Course assessment:
For the evaluation the participants have to choose between two types of final presentations:

  1. The participant gives a 15-20 minutes presentation about a topic or technique related to the course curriculum. Importantly, the presentation should not be related to the student’s own PhD project.
  2. Participants team up in groups of two persons and give a presentation on a hypothetical project that combines the competences that each student has. The students should not already be working on closely related projects in the same group.

The seminars serve to provide an overview as well as an evaluation of the course.


iNANO, Aarhus University in collaboration with other Danish Universities.


Autumn 2016


Danish Universities


Deadline for registration is to be announced.

For registration: Go to the course webpage.

If you have any questions, please contact PhD administrator Maria Kragelund, e-mail: 

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Revised 05.11.2018