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Current topics in Biochemistry

Learn about the exciting research being carried out in CIVIS universities and widen your knowledge of biochemistry!

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CIVIS focus area
Open to
  • Master's
  • Phd
Field of studies
  • Medicine and Health
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Short-term
Course dates
March - May 2022

The objective of this mini-programme is:

  • To highlight current research topics in biochemistry in the different CIVIS universities
  • To encourage the lead to research collaborations and student exchanges or internships
  • Broaden the scientific horizons of our students

The program contains 2 parts:

  • The Biochemistry webinar series (ongoing)
  • A new segment of students' prepared presentations, structured to encourage teamwork within an international student team

Main topics addressed

The topics covered in the two series of seminars included in this course include a wide range of biochemical topics including protein structure-function relationships, the latest results on several complex molecular machines and novel methods in Biochemistry.

The first part of this program is the CIVIS Biochemistry webinar series which should be followed by enrolled students (either live or the recordings watched), and then in the second part, the students in this program will give a seminar on a selected subject.

Students will be organized into small international groups of Master's students, led by a PhD student to prepare a seminar on a specific topic of Biochemistry. The team will be tutored and guided by one of the professors to prepare them to make a presentation in the continuation of the webinar series.

Learning outcomes

  • Widened knowledge of current topics of Biochemical research in CIVIS universities
  • Experience in international collaboration, teamwork and project management
  • Oral presentation practice in an international environment
  • Development of personal international network and pan-European connections
Format: Virtual Contact hours: ~50
Language: English (C1) Individual workload: ~ 250 hours
ECTS: 5 Contact:

* The recognition of ECTS depends on your home university.


Informal sessions will be organized for student groups through the month of March and then formal sessions will be organized on Fridays at 1 pm (European time).

  • 1 March 2022: start of preparation
  • 8 April 2022- 13 May 2022: students presentations


This CIVIS course is open to students enrolled in a Master or PhD program at a CIVIS university/CIVIS African partner university, with an interest in Biochemistry.

Application process

Interested students should fill in the online form. Selected students will be notified on 2 March 2022 and they will be attributed to a group with a supervisor. 


Students will be assessed based on their participation, the quality of their presentation and answers to questions.

GDPR Consent

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  • James Sturgis - Professor of Biochemistry at Aix-Marseille Université with an interest in membrane proteins
  • Giorgio Giardina - Researcher at Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Sorina Dinescu - Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Bucharest