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Genetics, Cell Biology and Microbiology

The course content is covered in lectures, compulsory group exercises and laboratory practicals where the laboratory training is an important part of the course. Course topics include:

  • structure, function and morphology of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells as well as viruses

  • the flow of genetic information: DNA-replication, RNA-synthesis, RNA-splicing and protein synthesis

  • biological membranes, transport mechanisms and communication within and among cells

  • cell division and formation of sex cells

  • inheritance theory of Mendel and its extension

  • genetic recombination and linkage analysis

  • mutations

  • population genetics and conservation of genetic diversity

  • quantitative genetics

  • microbial cell structure, physiology, metabolism, genetics and growth

  • the impact of microorganisms on biogeochemical cycles as well as their ecological interactions between each other and with macroscopic organisms

  • methods for the isolation, cultivation and characterization of microorganisms

  • methods for disinfection and sterilization

  • antimicrobial substances and the development of resistance

  • microbial systematics and taxonomy

  • information retrieval and written presentation of experimental data

The course focuses on the following general competencies:

group dynamics and self-development, communication, information literacy, critical thinking and ethics.

Information from the course leader


you are very welcome to the course Genetics, cell biology and microbiology, BI1440. We start with a course information and course overview session on Monday, August 28 at 1 p.m. This will take place in Lennart Kennes hall at Biocentrum ( Here you will find the course schedule and information about the course literature. All this info is also available in the Canvas page.

As a general overview of the course, it is divided into two parts: Genetics and Cell biology (from 28 August – 2 October) and Microbiology (2 October – 26 October). During the lectures, we will cover basic knowledge in those three topics (genetics, cell biology and microbiology). This knowledge is also the basis for carrying out the mandatory elements of the course: laboratories, problem solving, group exercises and exams. We therefore strongly recommend that you attend these lectures. You can register yourself for the course starting one week before the start of the course until a few days after the start of the course. You do this on the student web via the link "Mina studier". In order for you to be registered on the course, you need to meet the prerequisites, which include basic knowledge in chemistry corresponding to 10 credits of which 5 credits should be in biochemistry, see the course plan on the course website. If you have not yet achieved these prerequisites, please contact us. If you have any other questions regarding the course, you are also very welcome to contact us. Looking forward to meet you all in a couple of weeks! Course leaders German Martinez and Anna Westerbergh Plant Biology Department, tel. 018-673314;, tel. 018-673340



Du är varmt välkommen till kursen Genetik, cellbiologi och mikrobiologi, BI1440. Vi börjar med upprop, kursinformation och kursöversikt måndagen den 28 augusti kl 13.00. Detta kommer att ske Lennart Kennes sal på biocentrum ( Här hittar ni schema och information om kurslitteratur. All denna information finns också tillgänglig på Canvas-sidan.

Under första delen av kursen kommer vi att behandla genetik och cellbiologi (28 augusti – 2 oktober) och i den avslutande delen mikrobiologi (2 oktober – 26 oktober). Under föreläsningarna kommer vi att ta upp grundläggande kunskaper i genetik, cellbiologi och mikrobiologi. Dessa kunskaper är också grunden för genomförande av de obligatoriska momenten laborationer, problemlösningar, gruppövningar och tentamina. Vi rekommenderar därför starkt att ni närvarar vid dessa föreläsningar.

Du kan registrera dig själv till kursen med början en vecka innan kursstart fram till några dagar efter kursens början. Detta gör du på studentwebben via länken ”Mina studier”. För att du ska kunna bli registrerad på kursen behöver du uppfylla förkunskapskraven som omfattar grundläggande kunskaper i kemi motsvarande 10 hp varav 5 hp i biokemi, se kursplanen på kurshemsidan.

Om du ännu inte uppnått dessa förkunskapskrav så kontakta oss. Har du andra frågor rörande kursen är du också välkommen att höra av dig till oss.

Med vänliga hälsningar,

Kursledarna German Martinez och Anna Westerbergh

Inst. f. växtbiologi,, tel.018-673314;, tel. 018-673340

Course evaluation

The course evaluation is now closed

BI1440-10446 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Course Book - genetics and cell biology

Biology - A Global Approach, 11th/12th edition
Campbell, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky and Reece
ISBN: 9781292170435

Course Book - microbiology

Brock Biology of Microorganisms, Global edition- 16e upplagan. Pearson Education
Michael T. Madigan et al.
ISBN: 9781292404790


Also included are lecture presentations, articles, laboratory instructions and text linked to practice tasks as course literature. These documents are available on Canvas under modules and pages linked to the sections where this course literature is referenced as well as in the file archive. These documents are continuously uploaded during the course.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Biology and Environmental Science - Bachelor's Programme Crop Production (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level (G1F)
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1440 Application code: SLU-10446 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Plant Biology Pace: 100%