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MGC Course Program

Practical Linux 

Date:  7 May (fully booked!!), 13:00 - 17:00, Location: LUMC, J1-82, Building 1 (route-555) - Organizer: Mihai Lefter.  After completing this short, half day, course attendees will be able to swiftly start using Linux both on a server as well as on their personal computer. (upcoming course dates: 11 June, 4 September, October (optional), 5 November, 3 December)

There are no prerequisites, but the Linux course is mandatory for the courses: Shark, Code and data management with Git, Scripting for life science researcher, and Python programming.

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 Code and data management with Git

Date: 11 September, 9:00 - 15:00, location: LUMC, J1-84, Building 1 - Organizer: Mihai Lefter

This course aims at everyone who works in the Bioinformatics field. We cover a version control system named Git. This system is widely used by software developers, but can also be used for project management. By keeping track of all versions, history, etc. collaboration with colleagues is easy and your analysis will be reproducible. Knowledge of Linux is required to follow this course.

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The ins and outs of CRISPR-Cas 

Date: May 8-9-15-16, 2019, Location: Erasmus MC - Organizer: Joyce Lebbink

For PhD students with an active interest in genome engineering using this technique  AND an interest in understanding the molecular mechanism of its function. The course runs for 4 full days within a period of 2 weeks and has assignments that require preparation (2 ECTS)

Course is free of costs for MGC members, for non-MGC members the course fee is 500 euro. When registering for this course, please provide a short motivation of max 100 words, which will be used for selection in case the course is oversubscribed.

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 Scripting for Life Science Researchers

Date: 9 - 10 May9:00 - 17:00, Location: LUMC, J-01-84, Building 1 - Organizer: Mihai Lefter

This course is designed for researchers, who frequently handle large datasets or large numbers of files (images, sequence reads, mass spectra etc.) and who need a more efficient way of working with such data. The goal of the course is to empower students and researchers with backgrounds in biology or biomedicine to navigate, manage and perform operations on files and data and metadata in tabular text formats. The data may be microscopy images, FASTA sequences, gene ontology files, chromatograms, mass spectra or tables with data on genes or proteins. The course is not a general introduction to programming and will not deal with XML data, Web services or more advanced topics. For the Scripting course it is required to have followed the Linux course first.

Course is free of costs for MGC members, for non-MGC members the course fee is 250 euro.

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Safely working in the Laboratory

Date: 22 May or 9 October, 9:00 - 15:00. Location: LUMC, J-01-116, Building 1

This one day course provides guidelines for the objective assessment of risks in laboratory and, based on this knowledge, the application of the right measures according to the occupational hygiene strategy. On the one hand this is a refresher course, but on the other hand it will become clear to the participant which technical and organizational measures have been taken within the hospital and LUMC in specific to perform research responsibly

To register: PhD students from LUMC can register via 'Bedrijfsopleidingen LUMC', PhD students from Erasmus MC can send an email to

Genetic engineering in model organisms: technology and application in basic and medical research

 Date: 17 - 21 June, 9:00 - 17:00, Location: LUMC, building 1

This introductory course is aimed at PhD students with little or no experience in the field of transgenesis - genome editing, and in vivo imaging, but is also of interest to those already working with animal models but wishing to expand their knowledge of the above technologies for applications in their own research. The first three days of the course will prepare participants for the 2-day international workshop on Innovative Mouse Models (IMM 2019) immediately following the course. Keynote lectures from leading laboratories and presentations from selected abstracts will discuss the latest developments on advanced genome modification protocols and its applications in fundamental biology and biomedical research. Course participants will participate in ‘meet-the-expert’ sessions.

The course is free of charge for all members of MGC associated departments and the Research School OOA. Participants from the academic world pay €600 (3 days course and two days symposia including one dinner). Commercial participants pay €750. There is a maximum of 25 places. Should the course be oversubscribed then places will be allocated based on a first-come first-serve basis. 

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GITLab as a collaborative working environment

Date: 19 June, 9:00-12:00, Location: LUMC, J-01-128, Building 1 - Organizer: Mihai Lefter 

Aimed primarily at LUMC researchers, this short but concise course consists of an introduction to the LUMC GitLab. The course takes approximately three hours and provides participants an insight into how GitLab utilization enhances collaboration and greatly simplifies project management. 

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Next Generation Sequencing data analysis

The aim of the course is to give a broad overview of the different applications of NGS with a focus on different ways to analyse the data. Presentations will discuss specifically the different choices available for data analysis, why a specific approach was selected and which alternatives are available. The course will, besides discussing and demonstrating some generally applicable tools, not include practical data analysis nor discuss in detail specific algorithms used. To get practical experience participants should, after this general introductory course, follow more specific courses (e.g. a course on RNAseq, de novo assembly, metagenomics, etc.). 

The course is free of charge for all personnel of MGC associated institutes. Participants from the academic world but outside MGC pay € 350,00.Participants from outside the academic world pay € 700,00.

There is a minimum of 14 and a maximum of 50 places

In case of no show or cancellation after 21 August 2019, personnel of MGC associated institutes will be charged € 50.00, other participants have to pay the full price.

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Protein aggregation disorders: from clinic to therapy

Date: 30-31 October, Location: LUMC, building 2 (Restaurant (registration) and room P5-34)

This course will discuss the main molecular mechanisms regulating protein homeostasis and protein folding with a focus a mechanistic foundation in protein aggregation disorders. We will focus on four selected diseases and will discuss genetic, clinic, and current knowledge of disease mechanisms and models for examples. The end point of this course will be development of novel therapeutic strategies to combat protein aggregation in pathological conditions. 

There is a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 30 places. Deadline for registration 14 October, 2019. The course is free of charge for all personnel of MGC associated institutes and for participants working in a research group of one of the course teachers. Participants from outside these organizations pay € 250 for this course. In case of no show without any notification you will be charged 100 euro. 

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Stem cells, Organoids and Regenerative Medicine 

Date: 12-15 November, Location Erasmus MC (the date is changed: the course is one week earlier than originally planned)

Goal of this course is to provide post-graduate students (PhD students and post-docs)  a comprehensive overview of stem cells, organoids and regenerative medicine through lectures of experts in this field. You will learn about concepts, techniques and (future) medical applications (Knowledge and skills). Moreover there will be plenty opportunity  to get to know each other and to present/discuss your own research projects (Communication skills and Networking).

Registration via MolMed


14-18 October: Single-Cell Sequencing and Analysis course

4-8 November: OIC course Functional Imaging and Super Resolution