autumn 2015

BIO-8018 Environmental Molecular Genetics - 20 ECTS

Last changed: 16.12.2015

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Registration deadline for PhD students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway: June 10th.

Application deadline for external applicants: June 1st.

Type of course

Theoretical and practical

Admission requirements

The number of participants is limited to 10.

PhD students register for the course through StudentWeb. Registrations for the autumn semester starts June 1st.

External applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Registrations for applications regarding the autumn semester starts February 1st.

Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course.

Course content

The aim of this course is to give a thorough introduction to molecular genetic methods and bioinformatics used in modern biological research. The course will give a basis for advanced studies in different areas of biology and include practical exercises followed by computer analyses of own data sets. The students will isolate DNA and RNA from Arctic samples, and prepare samples for sequencing and bioinformatics in the first part of the course. The second part includes the study on the epigenetic regulation of gene expression in plants. The laboratory and computer work is running for four weeks and the results are discussed in plenum. The students have to write individual laboratory reports. The lectures will be closely connected to the practical problems to be solved in the laboratory. Selected articles from the scientific curriculum are topics for seminar presented by the students.

Recommended prerequisites

BIO-2009 Green Biotechnology and Bioenergy, BIO-2106 Microscopical imaging Techniques, BIO-2601 General microbiology

Objectives of the course


  • Theory of microbial ecology and epigenetics
  • Theory of gene and gene expression analyses
  • Critical consideration of scientific literature within the topics for the course
  • How to write a laboratory report
  • Critical assessment of own results


  • Isolation of DNA and RNA from environmental samples
  • Preparation of samples for sequencing
  • Bioinformatics - analysis of sequencing results, sequence assemblies
  • Gene expression (qPCR), methylation status analysis
  • Present objectives, methods and results.
  • Oral and written discussion of results

General competence:

  • Theory of environmental genetics
  • Experimental design
  • Molecular laboratory work
  • Evaluation of methods
  • Discussion of results
  • Presentation of results

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures 12 hours, laboratory 60 hours during 4 weeks, seminars 16 hours


Report (50%) and oral exam (50%). A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.

Students require to attain a pass grade (A to E) in the laboratory report in order to be able to take the oral examination. There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.


Course overlap

BIO-3137 Applied Molecular Genetics 10 stp
BIO-3134 Applied Molecular Genetics 20 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Scientific articles and laboratory reports. PhD students have to write a theoretical essay within the topics of the course.
Lectures Autumn 2015
Same schedule as BIO-3018. Introduction 25.08 at 08.30, D-112 NFH.
Lectures prof. Mette Marianne Svenning
forsk.sjef Laura Elina Jaakola
Seminars prof. Mette Marianne Svenning
forsk.sjef Laura Elina Jaakola
Laboratory prof. Mette Marianne Svenning
forsk.sjef Laura Elina Jaakola


Mette Marianne Svenning

Phone: +4777644432
Mobile: 91740426