Journal Club of Non-Coding RNA Biology

ECTS points:
1 point per semester

Course parameters:
Time of year: all year
Level of course: PhD course
Capacity limit: 20
Language: English

Time and place:
Wednesday, 11:00-12:00
Building 1130 room 3217A

Name of lecturers:
Christian K. Damgaard, MBG, and Thomas B. Hansen, MBG

By email:


  • Interest in RNA biology
  • Basic knowledge of RNA biology including relevant techniques and bioinformatic tools

Objective of the course:
The course is a journal club where current topics within the field of non-coding RNA biology are discussed. The aim of the course is to present and discuss novel discoveries within non-coding RNA biology and through this obtain a general understanding of relevant theoretical approaches, experimental techniques, and bioinformatic tools.

Learning outcomes:
At the end of the course the students should be able to:

  • Identify, summarize, analyze and present a relevant scientific paper
  • Constructively criticize presented scientific papers

Course content:
One meeting per month to discuss a scientific paper. One student selects a paper in advance and presents it at the meeting. All students are expected to read the paper before the meeting and be prepared to engage in a discussion of the paper. The expected duration of the journal club is 2 hours per session (1 hour of preparation and 1 hour of attendance). The expected preparation time for the presenter is 8 hours.

Compulsory programme:
The student is expected to read the relevant papers, participate actively in discussions of the papers and to present on a regular basis.

Course assessment:
Active participation at the sessions and satisfactory presentations.