940002 RNA Biology (in Eng.)

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Kalyna, Mariya
Offered in
Sommersemester 2022
Languages of instruction


Did you know that:
- scientists once thought that RNA is present only in plants, and DNA occurs exclusively in animals;
- more than 30 Nobel laureates received their awards for research on different aspects of RNA biology;
- there is a concept of the RNA world, when life on our planet existed in the form of primordial RNA;
- RNA is capable of storing and replicating information (like DNA) and catalysing chemical reactions (like protein);
- there is a gene, which can generate more RNA variants (and different proteins) than the number of the genes in the whole Drosophila genome?

RNA is a fascinating molecule, and, in this course, we will look at the mechanisms that underlie its synthesis, processing and degradation. We will aim to understand the diverse roles for RNA in cellular life and in physiology, development and disease of eukaryotic organisms. Topics will also include RNA-based applications, from RNA interference and CRISPR/Cas9 system to RNA therapeutics.

Previous knowledge expected

Basic knowledge of molecular biology.
The course is open to students at the bachelor, master’s and other levels.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students will learn information and concepts that they can use as future professionals. They will learn how to write a concise essay and to communicate to fellow students the key points.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.