Biomedical Research Course: Matrix Biology

Ph.D. -course

Course description

Course content

Advanced course in extracellular matrix to PhD-candidates, postdocs, senior scientists and other interested in matrix related research. This course gives an in-depth view of the interactions of cells with the extracellular matrix. The course aims toward an integrating understanding of the role of the extracellular matrix in health and in disease.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the candidate should have:

Knowledge of:

  • The different cell-matrix interacting components
  • The underlying principles governing cell-matrix interactions


  • Understand experimental procedures used to study interactions of cells with the extracellular matrix
  • Apply biochemical/cell biology aspects to understand the role of the extracellular matrix for normal hemostasis and for selected clinical problems
  • Discuss some current key questions in the field of cell-matrix interactions


  • Demonstrate analytical thinking by critically evaluating a scientific article and proposing possible research questions, and designing suitable research strategies for answering the questions.

Study period

to be announced

Credits (ECTS)

Language of instruction
Course registration and deadlines

PhD-candidates at the University of Bergen register via Studentweb (
PhD-candidates and employees at external institutions can apply via søknadsweb (sø

Registration deadline: 01 February

NOTE! BMED904 runs biennially. Next course will be in spring 2024.

Recommended Previous Knowledge
Understanding in signal transduction at the master level or equivalent (BMED330 or similar). Understanding of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry at the master level or equivalent.
Form of assessment
To pass the course, the students must give an oral presentation on a selected topic.
Grading Scale: Pass / Fail
Who may participate
PhD-candidates in natural sciences or medical sciences. The course is intended for PhD-candidates within the biomedical research field. The minimum amount of participants on the course is 10 and the maximum amount of participants is 25. If more than 25 participants sign up for the course, PhD-candidates who are supervised at the Department of Biomedicine or belong to the CCBIO research school have priority.
Supplementary course information

It is compulsory that the students attend lecturers and laboratory work/demonstrations.

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Lecturers and laboratory work (35 hours)
  • Preparation of presentations (ppt-presentation) and discussion (41 hours)
  • Seminars with student presentations based on selected articles (4 hours)
  • Participants are expected to read a few original articles prior to the course
Academic responsible
Marion Kusche-Gullberg