Biomolecular Strategies II

Tanja Gesell
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2021S, Lecture and Discussion (VD), 1.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S03107


Renée Schroeder and Tanja Gesell teach molecular biology based on their introduction lecture Biomolecular Strategies in the winter semester. The course has three cornerstones: lectures, exercises, and a symposium.

Lecture: This semester, the class is starting with the questions such as what is a DNA? Students will learn more about DNA structure, genes, and genomes. Further topics will include replication and transcription, RNA, translation, the genetic code, and proteins. Finally, we will discuss visualizations both from an artistic point of view and from an engineering viewpoint concerning current and fascinating challenges in molecular biology.

Exercises: On the one side, students will build a DNA double helix, and on the other side, students have computational practices such as folding RNAs in silico, browsing through the human genome, and learning the basics of statistics and bioinformatics.

Student Symposium: A student symposium aims to discuss current molecular biology challenges based on different papers presented by the students. Each student will present a paper. 

Examination Modalities

The grade will depend on the discussions, assignments, and quality of the presentations during the semester (60%) and the written exam result (40%). Attendance at the lecture is not mandatory but recommended.


Students from other study programs or other universities are welcome, provided the room capacity permits.


10 March 2021, 09:15–11:00
17 March 2021, 09:15–11:00
24 March 2021, 09:15–11:00
16 April 2021, 09:15–11:45
23 April 2021, 09:15–11:45
30 April 2021, 09:15–11:45
12 May 2021, 09:15–12:45
19 May 2021, 09:15–12:45
26 June 2021, 09:00–18:00, "Excursion"

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Science and Technology: Foundation

Individual courses: possible