Biomedical Science

Cell biology

Lecture, 3.00 ECTS


Course content

Fundamentals of biogenesis, such as cell development, cell growth, cell differentiation, cell proliferation, cell decay; cell characteristics (shape, size, lifetime) structure and function of cells such as organelles, cell skeleton, cell contact, cell and nuclear division, production of germ cells (gonepoiesis); in-vitro cell behaviour.

Learning outcomes

The students know the most important features of a living cell. They can name the most important structures that can be identified microscopically in prokaryotes and eukaryotes and give their chemical structure.They can classify the components of a cell into chemical categories, know their approximate proportion and their function. They can explain the structure of biomembranes from the charactzeristics of their components. The can name the most important function of the cell compartments. They know from different diseases that errors in the main function of an organedlle can have serious consequences for the cell and the organism. They can name the structure and function of the cytoskeleton. They know important signaling molecules in the human body and can allocate them to different cell communication types. They know the technical terminology to describe the most important steps in the cell cycle, and can name the order of their characteristic processes. They can apply the principles of meiosis to be able to explain sexual reproduction. They know the main pathways of eukaytic metabolism (e.g. glycolysis, citrate cycle) and can characterize the major steps of cellular energy production and its role. They can name regulatory mechanisms of metabolism. They can explain different presentations of enzyme kinetics and can identify kinetic parameters, and can give examples of inhibitions.

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Alberts et al. (2011): Molekularbiologie der Zelle
Heinrich (Hrsg-),Müller (Hrsg.), Graeve (Hrsg.), Löffler (Hrsg.) (2014): Biochemie und Pathobiochemie
Stryer (2012): Biochemie
Jacobi (2012): Basics Molekulare Zellbiologie

Mode of delivery


Prerequisites and co-requisites


Assessment methods and criteria

test at the end of the course