Introduction to Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleMED-MMIC
Credits (ECTS)2.5
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Medical Sciences; Molecular Mechanisms of Disease;
dr. W.L.L.P. Pluk
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dr. W.L.L.P. Pluk
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Contactperson for the course
dr. W.L.L.P. Pluk
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Academic year2018
1  (03/09/2018 to 25/08/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISNo
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-

After completion of the course, you:

  • are acquainted with the study and research environment of the MMD programme, RIMLS and Radboudumc to find your way through the curriculum and make an appropriate choice for your first internship
  • have identified the knowledge required for following MMD courses to make, if necessary, a personal plan with your mentor how to attain this knowledge level
  • use literature data bases and Endnote to search, manage and correctly cite relevant journal articles and judge the value of scientific articles
  • recognize the requirements to produce correct, informative and attractive figures from raw data using Photoshop/Graphics software and appreciate the added value of these
This course (29/08/2016 - 09/09/2016) introduces students to the programme Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS), the Radboud University and the Radboud university medical center). Special attention is paid to the three themes of the MMD master's programme, which reflect the main research areas present in de RIMLS:
  • Infection, Immunity and Regenerative Medicine/Immunity-related Disorders and Immunotherapy
  • Metabolism, Transport and Motion/Metabolic Disorders
  • Cell Growth and Differentiation/Developmental Disorders and Malignancies
Basic knowledge is repeated and placed in the context of the master's programme. Several skills that are important to a scientist are practiced: referencing, making excellent pictures and time management and team skills.
Key words
Molecular biology, Genetics, Cell biology, Immunology, RIMLS, Molecular Life Sciences
Introduction to Molecular Mechanisms of Disease is assessed based on 3 assignments that are made during the course.
All assignments have equal weight and must be graded 6.0 or more.
If a student fails one of the assignments, he/she has to resubmit the assignment to the course coordinator.
Core textbooks:
  • Parham, The Immune System, Taylor & Francis Inc, 3rd edition (2009)
  • Lodish: Molecular Cell Biology, W.H.Freeman & Co Ltd, 7th edition (2012)
Furthermore, recent articles and handouts will be used during the course.
1st year master's MMD

Instructional modes
education activities
Attendance MandatoryYes

Written assignment (immunity)
Test weight30
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock 1, Block 1

Written assignment (theme metabolism)
Test weight30
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock 1, Block 1

Written scientific report
Test weight40
Test typeReport
OpportunitiesBlock 1, Block 1