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Biochemistry Webinar Series

Discover the exciting research in biochemistry being performed in CIVIS universities!

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CIVIS focus area
Open to
  • Master's
  • Phd
Field of studies
  • Medicine and Health
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Short-term
  • CIVIS Hub 3
Course dates
October - November 2021, February - April 2022

Main topics addressed

This webinar series aims to provide a wider view of current biochemistry research subjects than can be provided at any single university by local experts and to encourage students to exchange with researchers and international experts from multiple universities. It will also provide an opportunity for students to consider lab placements, further studies or collaborations within the CIVIS framework.

Each webinar will address a different area of biochemistry in relation to current research topics. Therefore, it is possible to follow only part of the webinars and registration remains open for the entire period.

Learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of current areas of biochemistry research
  • Contact and exchange opportunities with researchers from CIVIS universities
  • A broadened vision of biochemistry
  • Contact opportunity with students from CIVIS universities
Dates: October-November 2021, February-April 2022 Format: Virtual
Duration of the course: about 1hour/week ECTS offered: 1
Language: English (B2 level)  

The course will take place every Friday at 13.00 CET, for about 1 hour, including a Q&A session. 

The course is a series of webinars organised in two periods.

October - November 2021

For this period, the very first course will take place on 8 October 2021 and the last one on 26 November 2021.

February - April 2022

For this period, the first webinar will be held on 11 February 2022 and the last one on 1 April 2022. 


This virtual mobility course is open to Master's and PhD students at the nine CIVIS member universities enrolled in biochemistry or related program. 

A B2 level of English is required. 


Interested students should fill in the following form to receive course-related information: 

As registration remains open for the entire period, it is possible to follow only part of the webinars. 

Students who register will receive:

  • the link for the webinar sessions,
  • a reminder with an abstract and references a few days before each webinar,
  • access to a recording of the webinar for a limited period immediately after each webinar,
  • access to a server allowing them to exchange with the presenters and amongst themselves.

Should you have any questions, contact James Sturgis from Aix-Marseille Université:


The evaluation of the course will be based on attendance and participation.

For information, ECTS credits will be given to students who attend and participate in over 50% of the webinars.

GDPR Consent

The CIVIS alliance and its member universities will treat the information you provide with respect. Please refer to our privacy policy for more information on our privacy practices. By applying to this course you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

The webinars will be conducted by the following professors: 

October - November 2021

8 October: Eric Durand, Aix-Marseille Université, Multiscale dissection of the bacterial T6SS nanomachine to guide the design of virulence blockers targetting clinically relevant human pathogen - Read the abstract
15 October: Giorgio Giardina, Sapienza University, Cryptic functions and the need for imperfection - Read the abstract
22 October: José M Valpuesta, National Biotechnology Center (Madrid), Molecular chaperones: nanomachines involved in proteostasis - Read the abstract
29 October:    Pål Stenmark, Stockholm University, Structure-based drug design for both small-molecule and protein - Read the abstract
5 November: Roberto Contestabile, Sapienza University, Vitamin B6 metabolism in health and disease - Read the abstract
12 November: Juan Reguera, Aix-Marseille Université, Understanding the replication mechanisms of emerging RNA viruses at atomic resolution - Read the abstract
19 November: David Drew, Stockholm University, Molecular mechanisms of small molecule transport - Read the abstract
26 November:

This webinar has been cancelled.

February -  March 2022

11 February:
Francesco Malatesta, Sapienza University, One-shot enzymology
18 February: Sorina Dinescu, University of Bucharest, Molecular markers involved in stem cell differentiation
25 February: Efstratios Stratikos, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, The pathway of intracellular antigen processing and presentation
4 March: Elisabetta Mileo, Aix-Marseille Université, Watching proteins in motion by SDSL and EPR spectroscopy: from in vitro to in cell studies
11 March:

Ralf Jansen, University of Tübingen, (RNA-)BioID: A new tool to map (RNA-) protein complexes

18 March: Oscar Llorca, National Cancer Research Center (Madrid), CryoEM of R2TP, a multipurpose chaperone complex
25 March:

Dirk Schwatzer, University of Tübingen, Development and utilisation of chemical probes for investigating histone modification

1 April:

Evangelia Emmanouilidou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Proteasome degradation in neurodegeneration