2023-2024 / BIOL0024-1

Molecular physiology of the cell


15h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in biology2 crédits 


Patrick Motte

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The spatiotemporal control of cell division relies on a complex interplay between molecular regulators and developmental programs. Tightly regulated phase transitions ensure that precise events take place in an orderly manner. The lecture will focus on important insights into the mechanisms that underlie cell cycle regulation and control in "model" organisms.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The discovery of molecular regulators (cyclins/cyclin-dependent kinases, ubiquitin ligases, Polo-like kinases, etc.) have revealed that general cell cycle regulatory principles are shared across eukaryotes. The lecture will focus on molecular events that regulate normal cell cycle progression and will provide the basic knowledge for Master's programs.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Knowledge in biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course will consist of lectures, interactive case presentations, group discussions and exercises.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Lessons of 2h, scheduled on the second quadrimestre.

Recommended or required readings

Illustrations and copy of powerpoint slides are available on eCampus.

Recommended textbooks :
(i) Molecular Cell Biology 7th Ed, H. Lodish et al. 2013, W.H. Freeman and Company, and
(ii) Lewin's CELLS 3rd Ed, Plopper et al. 2015, Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Note: The only purpose of the course materials uploaded on eCampus/myUliège/Unicast,... is to be used by students as part of their studies at the ULiege. No other use or distribution is authorized (under penalty of violating the Law on copyright).

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Courses are given during the second quadrimester.

Practical work is mandatory: any absence must be justified and, if necessary, students are required to put their work in order. If a report is required, it must be completed even in the event of absence. In the event of unjustified absence, the student may not be admitted to the examination.


Patrick Motte
patrick.motte[at]uliege.be - 04/3663810

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