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Molecular Biotechnology BIOR31

15 credits

Replaced by BIOR94 Molecular Biotechnology and Methods from spring 2025

Students in lab with microscope. Photo.

Course description

Who should take this course

This course is an advanced course in the subject areas of Biology and Molecular Biology and is appropriate for students who focus on Molecular Biology, Bioengineering, Biomedicine and similar topics. There is a special focus on applied aspects within Molecular Biology and Genetics. Preferably you should choose this course at the end of your studies.

Course content

This course reviews applied aspects of molecular biology, production of heterologous proteins in insect cells (so called Baculovirus Expression Vector System) cereal plant biotechnology, and drug development. A special focus is on entrepreneurship and how to start a biotechnology company. Many lectures will be given by external speakers from small newly started companies but also from multinational industries in the region, as well as patent attorneys and commercialization support organizations.

The examination will consist of two parts. i) A traditional written examination based on the theoretical content of the course. ii) An oral presentation where you will present the business plan of “Your biotech company”. Students who fail the ordinary examination will be given an opportunity to re-sit this shortly afterwards.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Possibilities with molecular techniques
  • Production of heterologous proteins in insect cells (Baculovirus Expression Vector System)
  • Cereal plant biotechnology (embryo rescuing, double haploid production, SNP marker development)
  • Drug design and development
  • How to become an entrepreneur and start a company

Spring period 1 (offered for the last time 2024)

Full-time, on campus, in English


Find information about application, prerequisites and the course syllabus at Lund University's web pages.

Course literature spring 2024



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Christina Ledje, study adviser, molecular biology

Telephone: +46 46 222 73 16
Email: molbiol_master [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Course coordinator