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Stem Cells


Admission requirements

  • This course requires discipline and a solid knowledge of the basics of molecular and cell biology (By example: Molecular Biology of the Cell. Sixth Edition. Bruce Alberts. Garland Science Publishers, 2014; ISBN 978-0-8153-4464-3).

  • Relevant documentation/literature will be available on Brightspace one month prior to the start of the course.


Period: March 7 2022 - April 1 2022

This four-week (8 hours/day) course focuses on tissue-specific stem and progenitor cells (for example hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells) and pluripotent stem cells (i.e., embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells). Key fundamental features of these cells, such as cell fate and maintenance, and how to tackle important stem cell questions will be tutored. This will be done using highly interactive invited lectures by experts in the stem cell field, literature discussions, and hands-on training. Although it is not its primary goal, the course will also touch upon the potential of these cells for regenerative medicine purposes.

The course entails:

  • seminars by experts in the field

  • dialogues with these experts

  • forum discussions using presentations by the students as starting points

  • hands-on cell culture experimentation (i.e. differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells, and introduction to genetic modification principles and technologies)

  • large self-study component for learning about the biology and applications of stem cells using key publications

  • design of a research pre-proposal

  • final written exam

Research competences:

  • Ability to deduce the most important information from the stem cell literature and/or lectures

  • Curiosity to become acquainted with techniques important for stem cell research

  • Open to discuss science with experts and colleagues

Professional competences:

Identifying, and formulating research questions; critical reading; creative thinking; motivation; commitment and discipline.

Course objectives

  • To educate a solid basic knowledge about stem cells

  • To improve the students’ insight into available techniques and how these can be exploited to address specific stem cell-related research questions

  • To become familiar with specific ‘stem cell’ tissue culture techniques

  • To be able to discuss science with peers


All course and group schedules are published on our LUMC scheduling website or on the LUMC scheduling app.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, practical classes, interactive presentations, expert meetings, self-study assignments.

Assessment method

Written exam, design of a research pre-proposal, presentations, and student behavior (i.e. motivation, proactive participation in panel and expert discussions, scientific input).

Reading list

Will follow.


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