Molecule, Cell and Organ Functioning

This specialisation focuses on the mechanisms of health and disease at the level of the organism, the animal level. The relation between morphology, function and regulation of function is central in this specialisation.

The specialisation in a nutshell

Molecule, Cell and Organ Functioning is a fundamental specialisation looking into mechanisms and processes at all levels of physiology: from molecules to organs to whole animals. In this specialisation the functioning of animals is studied to acquire animal or computer models for health, disease resistance, growth and aging.

This specialisation has five study tracks:

- Cell Biology and Immunology (CBI)

- Experimental Zoology (EZO)

- Human and Animal Physiology (HAP)

- Host-Microbe Interactomics (HMI)

- Animal Breeding and Genetics (ABG)

Below you can read more about the courses provided in the specialisation Molecule, Cell and Organ Functioning. The online study handbook provides detailed information.

Courses CBI

Development and Healthy Aging (HAP-31306)

This course highlights three related areas of science relevant to development and healthy aging, namely muscle origin and function, energy homeostasis and immunology. 

Human and Veterinary Immunology (CBI-30306)

The aim of this course is to implement knowledge of the functioning of the immune system at both cellular and organ level and its evolutionary development.

Courses EZO

Development and Healthy Aging (HAP-31306)

This course highlights three related areas of science relevant to development and healthy aging, namely muscle origin and function, energy homeostasis and immunology. 

Choose (at least) one of the following courses:

Functional Zoology (EZO-30806):

In this course a theoretical basis is created as well as practical exercise in quantitative analysis of the functioning of animals.

Developmental Biology of Animals (EZO-30306):

A comparative overview of the early development in a variety of animals is taught in this course.

Courses HAP

Development and Healthy Aging (HAP-31306)

This course highlights three related areas of science relevant to development and healthy aging, namely muscle origin and function, energy homeostasis and immunology. 

Choose (at least) one of the following courses:

Integrated Neuroendocrinology (HAP-30806)

In this course you will take a closer look at different aspects of brain function in relation to behaviour. Several functions are explored, e.g. sleep, emotion, stress, homeostasis and digestive behaviour.

Molecular Regulation of Health and Disease (HAP-31806)

This course focuses on regulatory (molecular, biochemical and cellular) mechanisms that have a central role in human and animal health.

Courses HMI

Molecular Regulation of Health and Disease (HAP-31806)

This course focuses on regulatory (molecular, biochemical and cellular) mechanisms that have a central role in human and animal health.

Optional courses:

Microbial Disease Mechanisms (HMI-50306)

Commensal and Pathogen Host-Microbe Interactions in the Intestine (HMI-50806)

Courses ABG

Genomics (ABG-30306)

The course discusses the structure and function of genomes of living organisms from all kingdoms.

Modern Statistics for the Life Sciences (ABG-30806)

In this course students will learn about a number of statistical models and associated methods for statistical inference. Applications of models and methods in quantitative genetics and epidemiology will be discussed.

Thesis and Internship

A thesis or internship project for the specialisation Molecule, Cell and Organ Functioning is conducted at the CBI, EZO, HAP, HMI or ABG chair group and results in a scientific report and a presentation. A thesis project usually links up with ongoing research at one of these research groups or is conducted in cooperation with commercial or (non-)governmental organisations. At the websites of the different chair groups, you can find more information about research topics.

CBI chair group

EZO chair group

HAP chair group

HMI chair group

ABG chair group

Questions?

If you have any questions about the specialisation Molecule, Cell and Organ Functioning, you can contact the programme director dr. René Kwakkel at education.animalsciences@wur.nl.



Specialisations of MSc Animal Sciences