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Archived Curricula Guide 2011–2012
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BIKE4330 Molecular Virology 7 ECTS
Organised by
Person in charge
Markku Kulomaa
Preceding studies
The course requires good knowledge on principles of molecular biology, particularly, biosynthesis of DNA, RNA and proteins, i.e. the Crick's Central Dogma as well as protein structure-function relationship.

General description

Molecular virology is one of the more advanced course on molecular biology and microbiology.

Learning outcomes

The emphasis of the course will be on viruses as self-contained genetic elements and their inbuilt developmental programmes, representing paradigms for the broader understanding of gene expression and development.


Bacteriophages, plant and animal viruses will be covered, but with an emphasis on major classes of pathogenic viruses exemplifying different mechanistic principles, including retroviruses, herpesviruses and picornaviruses. Regulatory circuitry, viral evolution, evasion of host defenses and vaccine development will also be addressed.

Teaching methods

Students have to write an essee and prepare and give an oral presentaion of a selected virus or a virus group.

Teaching language


If all the students understand Finnish, the language is Finnish.

Modes of study

Lectures and other material as advised with the text book.


Numeric 1-5.

Recommended year of study

4. year spring

4. period.

Study materials

The examinable material is the entire text book Cann, A, (2005) Principles of Molecular Virology, The Fourth Edition.

Belongs to following study modules

Institute of Biomedical Technology
Optional studies (Biochemistry)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Institute of Biomedical Technology