Course B244/06 Genome engineering

ECTS: 3.4

Course leader: Yonglun Luo

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Graduate program: BIO

Course fee: 4,080.00 DKK

Max seats: 24

Applicants: 24

Status: Course is finished

Semester: Spring 2021

Application deadline: 01/02/2021

Start date: 01/03/2021

Administrator: Annette Poulsen

Course changed to online

Please notice due to the COVID-19 restriction the course has been changed to online participation.

Title: Genome engineering B244/06

is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, spring 2021.

Criteria for participation: University degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students).

Aim: The aim of the course is to:

  1. Provide students with the state-of-the-art knowledge on CRISPR-Cas9 technology
  2. Introduce the different types of CRISPR gene editing tools and their applications
  3. Instruct how to design the best CRISPR gRNA with high on-target efficiency and low off-target effect
  4. Instruct how to design CRISPR and donor vectors for gene knockin, tagging
  5. Introduce CRISPR data science and high-throughput CRISPR computing
  6. Instruct students how to practically analyze and understand CRISPR editing data with TIDE, ICE and NGS
  7. Introduce the current progress in CRISPR gene therapy
  8. Prepare PhD students with essential knowledge and tools for their gene editing projects

Learning outcomes: With the completion of this Genome Engineering course, PhD students are expected to

  • Acquire a systematic knowledge on CRISPR gene editing technology, progresses, and applications
  • Know how to design the CRISPR gRNA for gene knockout
  • Learn how to design the donors for gene knockin
  • Independently select the best CRISPR system and strategy for a gene editing project
  • Independently analyze and interpret CRISPR gene editing results
  • Know the concept, resources and potential of CRISPR data science
  • Understand the progresses, but also remaining challenges, in CRISPR gene therapy

Contents: This course covers:

  • The principle of CRISPR gene editing
  • The different genetic manipulation tools derived from CRISPR-Cas9
  • Base editing
  • Prime editing
  • Methods used for quantifying CRISPR editing efficiency
  • Ways of delivery CRISPR vectors in vitro and/or in vivo: plasmid, RNP, lentivirus, AAV
  • CRISPR data science – on-target activity and off-target effect prediction
  • Group teaching on CRISPR vector design for gRNA and donor design for gene knockout, knockin, tagging and single nucleotide mutagenesis
  • Group teaching on data analysis
  • Introduction to CRISPR gene therapy

Recommended knowledge for participation: Genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, and basic bioinformatics.

Instructors: Jan Gorodkin (KU). Rasmus O. Bak (AU), Ernst-Martin Füchtbauer (AU), Jacob Giehm Mikkelsen (AU), Lin.Lin (AU)

Number of participants: Max. 24, which will be divided into 4 groups in group teachings (in silico CRISPR/Cas9 design)

Dates and times: 1-4 March, 2021 from approx. 9-16 every day.

Place: Online teaching

Participation in the course is without cost for:

  • PhD students, Research Year students and Research Honours Programme students from Aarhus University
  • PhD students enrolled at partner universities of the Nordoc collaboration
  • PhD students from other institutions in the open market agreement for PhD courses


Course dates:

  • 01 March 2021 09:00 - 16:00
  • 02 March 2021 09:00 - 16:00
  • 03 March 2021 09:00 - 16:00
  • 04 March 2021 09:00 - 16:00