The programme gives you in-depth knowledge about molecular and cellular mechanisms causing diseases, including genetic diseases and cancer, with special emphasis on epigenetic mechanisms. You will learn to independently analyse and interpret research results and data, generated by current methods and technologies. You will also learn techniques for developing novel molecular diagnostics and therapies with applications in both research and industry.
During the first year, you will focus on methods and technologies for assessing genetic as well as epigenetic variations, current clinical diagnostics and novel approaches to treatment. You will study in depth research-oriented problems in molecular medicine and be trained in experimental design and laboratory work. We describe the use and applications of new sequencing technologies and data analysis with an emphasis on genome analysis, epigenomics and comparative genomics as well as current methods in proteomics, analysis of proteins and protein expression with identification of novel biomarkers for diseases, using practical applications within the Human Proteome project (HPR). In the laboratory, you will for example study epigenetic changes in cancer cells using pyrosequencing and ChIP analysis as well as perform diagnostic analysis by proximity ligation assay (PLA). The programme will also give you insights into project planning, presentation techniques and research ethics. If you are interested in research and in gaining laboratory experience, you can apply for parallel projects.
The second year includes analysis and diagnostics by molecular imaging, from the detection of single nucleotide polymorphisms to whole body analysis. The course Regenerative Medicine describes stem cells therapies, tissue engineering, generation of biomaterials as well as other novel cell and immunotherapies against human diseases. In the laboratory, you will perform in vitro differentiation of neuronal and myeloid stem cells. The last semester, you will undertake an independent degree project in molecular medicine in a research group at an academic department, in a company or other agency in Sweden or abroad. You conclude the degree project by writing a thesis, compiling the research results, and giving a research seminar.
This programme overview lists what courses are taken for each semester in the Master's Programme in Molecular Medicine according to the current curriculum.