As of September 2017, the current Biology specialisations will be reorganised into the following four (more discipline-oriented) specialisations:
Students starting per February 2017 should enroll still in the current specialisations and will follow the full two year program as presented on this website and in the e prospectus.
The Master specialisation Plant Sciences and Natural Products offers a research-oriented education in plant sciences with a strong focus on the generation of fundamental scientific knowledge that can lead to the improvement of crop quality and yield.
Important aspects of plant development and the interaction of plants with the environment can be studied at different often integrated levels ranging from the molecular, genetic and cellular levels to organismal and population levels. It is also possible to study the production of plant natural products that are important for the food or pharmaceutical industries.
An important part of the master education is a research project, which can be chosen from a large variety of topics, including plant transformation by Agrobacterium, plant development, defense against pests and pathogens, natural product analysis and metabolic engineering. Research questions are tackled from a multidisciplinary approach, combining disciplines such as molecular genetics, genomics, cell biology, developmental biology, biochemistry, metabolomics, microscopy and cell physiology. Research approaches exploit recent genomic and technological advances, for example expanding genomic sequence information, genomics and proteomics technology and confocal laser scanning microscopy which enables the study of molecules in living cells and multicellular organisms in unprecedented detail. Different plant species can be studied including several crops, the model Arabidopsis thaliana and the medicinal plant Catharanthus roseus, producing anti-cancer alkaloids.
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