Methods in Biotechnology (BIO520)

This is a practical course with introduction to PCR, plasmid isolation, restrictions enzymes, transformation, production of recombinant protein, cell and tissue culture.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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The course provides a theoretical introduction with lectures and colloquia on synthetic biology, flavonoids, and various defence mechanisms against bacteria and viruses are reviewed to understand the significance of these processes in methods used in biotechnology. Specific topics related to modell organisms, and the course leader's research area will be presented.The course includes laboratory practicals where students use model organisms, apply sterile technique, run PCR, isolate a plasmid, and produce recombinant protein that is detected after separation on gel and immunoblotting.

Learning outcome

The student will acquire basic experience on PCR, transformation of bacteria, isolation of plasmids, production of recombinant protein, purification and detection of the protein product by immunological methods. The student will know how to work under axenic conditions, and grow model organisms. Furthermore, the student will know how to extract and measure compounds like pigment and use of spectrophotometry. The student will know methods used in synthetic biology and handling of specific modell organisms. The student will have training in writing a scientific report.

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Recommended prerequisites

Biochemistry and cell biology


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours Letter grades None permitted

Coursework requirements

Laboratory exercises, Projects with mandatory handing in of reports

Lab assignments are to be completed at the times and in the groups that are assigned and published. Absence due to illness or other reasons must be communicated to the laboratory personnel as soon as possible. One cannot expect that provisions for completion of the lab assignments at other times can be made, unless prior arrangements with the laboratory personnel have been agreed.

Mandatory assignment (such as hand-in assignments, lab- assignments) must be approved by the course teacher 3 weeks before the examination date in order to gain access to the final exam.

No resit is offered for the laboratory assignments. If a student wishes to redo the lab, this can be done next time the subject is taught.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Federico Fenaroli

Course teacher:

Cathrine Lillo

Coordinator laboratory exercises:

Dugassa Nemie-Feyissa

Head of Department:

Ingunn Westvik Jolma

Method of work

Two hours lectures with theortical background, laboratory review and discussions for 12 weeks and 6 hours laboratory work and lab reports for 6 weeks.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Biotechnology, methods (MOT380_1) 10

Open for

Biological Chemistry - Master of Science Degree Programme Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto