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PhD course on cell biology of plant-microbe interactions

ECTS credits: 5

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year: Q1 2016
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like:35
Capacity limits: 8 participants

Objectives of the course:
Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • identify and know the principle of the most suitable microscopy technique and strategy applicable for their own scientific question
  • use at maximum potential the capacities of the standard and confocal microscopy for analyzing their scientific subjects
  • identify and avoid technical artifacts
  • use specific computer programs for analyzing and interpreting scientific images

Compulsory programme:
Active participation in the theoretical and practical part of the 5-day course.
Prepare a 5 min. presentation on their PhD project with emphasis on the use/importance of microscopy.

Course contents:
The course will provide a theoretical overview and update on fluorescent probe development, sample preparation, light and confocal microscopy, image analysis and interpretation. Specific examples from Lotus-Rhizobium and Lotus-arbuscular mycorrhiza symbiosis will be used as biological interactions to practically illustrate and experience the various theoretical aspects.

Bachelor study

Name of lecturers:
Responsible teachers: Simona Radutoiu and Andrea Genre. Andrea Genre is a guest visiting professor at MBG.
Invited lecturers on the course: Andrea Genre (University of Torino, Italy), Joelle Fournier (INRA-CNRS Toulouse, France), Christian Voigt (University of Hamburg, Germany), Alexander Schulz (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), Lorenzo Frigerio (Warwik University, UK)
Other teachers: Marcin Nadzieja, Eiichi Murakami, Zoltan Bozsoki, Dugald Reid- MBG, Aarhus University.

Type of course/teaching methods:
Lectures, practical exercises

To be announced specifically to the registered candidates

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Course assessment:

Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University 

Special comments on this course:
Registration required. No fee for participation. Costs for transport, accommodation and living need to be ensured from other sources.

5-9 September 2016

Gustav Wieds vej 10. 8000C Aarhus, Denmark

Deadline for registration is Monday, 29 of August 2016. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than two days later after deadline.


If you have any questions, please contact Simona Radutoiu, e-mail:, Tel: +4587155498



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