940098 Seminars in molecular biotechnology

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Steinkellner, Herta
Offered in
Sommersemester 2023
Languages of instruction


Content: Recent Advances in SARS-CoV2 and COVID 19 Research

• Corona viruses: structure and replication
• SARS-CoV2 diagnostics (PCR, antigen and antibody tests)
• COVID-19 vaccination program (clinical phase III and approved candidates)
• Immunology and Epidemiology (infection/mortality rate, virus evolution and immunity)

After the lecture students will present recent publications, they can either choose from a pool (provided by the supervisor) or select their own publication.

Previous knowledge expected

Good knowledge in cell and molecular biology
941105 Introduction to Molecular Biology (in Eng.) is highly recommended!

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students who have taken this course
•are familiar with the live cycle of corona viruses with special focus on SARS-CoV2
•have a deep knowledge on cellular entry and replication of SARS-CoV2
•are familiar with state of the art diagnostic tools, know their strength and limitations
•have a detailed knowledge on the characteristics and generation of vaccines with special focus on mRNA based vaccines
•are familiar immunological and epidemiological data including infection and mortality rate, virus evolution and immunity
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.