PhD Courses


PhD programs and Graduate Schools in Cell Biology and Neurobiology


The Institute of Biomembranes (IB), Graduate School of Life Sciences Utrecht

The Institute of Biomembranes is an interdisciplinary research institute at Utrecht University, accommodating 16 research groups from the faculties of Science (Departments Biology and Chemistry), Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine.
The PhD program is focussed on the following three themes.

  • Structure, function and organization of lipids and proteins in biological membranes.
  • Biogenesis of membranes and the transport and sorting of lipids and proteins.
  • The role of biomembranes in signal transduction via membrane receptors, cell-cell-, and cell-matrix interactions.

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Cancer, Genomics and Developmental Biology (CGDB), Graduate School of Life Sciences Utrecht

The research school Cancer Genomics & Developmental Biology is part of the Utrecht Graduate School of Life Sciences and combines about 50 research groups from Utrecht University, the University Medical Center Utrecht and the Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research.

The PhD program focuses on understanding processes underlying cancer and developmental biology using techniques and applications of post-genomic research, including microarray analysis, SNP analysis, proteomics and microscopy. Students in this programme explore research questions concerning embryonic growth, stem cells, signalling pathways, gene regulation, evolution and development in relation to health and disease using various model systems.

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Developmental Neurobiology – Course, Rudolf Magnus Institute, Graduate School of Life Sciences Utrecht

The course is divided into five sessions covering different aspects of neural development, different neural systems and various animal models. Each session is closed by a lecture on disease to illustrate how defects in neural development relate to neural injury or disease. The aim of this course is to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of neural development and to discuss techniques and animal models that can be used to study the developing nervous system.
For information: Jeroen Pasterkamp (UMCU) and Casper Hoogenraad (Cell Biology)

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Imaging life at the molecular level – Course, ONWAR Graduate school

A five-day course consists of lecture sessions in the morning and practical sessions in the afternoon. Topics are: Fluorescent proteins, FRAP, FRET, FLIM, TIRF, photo-uncaging, single molecule tracking, 2-photon, 2nd and 3rd harmonics generation, quantitative data analysis. This course is organized with the Erasmus Medical Center (Rotterdam) and Free University (Amsterdam). For information: Casper Hoogenraad

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