2023-2024 / SANT4007-1

Introduction to epigenetics


10h Th

Number of credits

 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (Transitional programme)1 crédit 


Bénédicte Machiels

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 general objective of the course is to define the concept of epigenetics and to introduce its importance in different biological processes. More specifically, the course is structured around the following sections:
Section 1: 'From genotype to phenotype: importance of epigenetics in biodiversity'
Section 2: 'The molecular mechanisms of epigenetic control of gene expression'
Section 3: 'The roles of epigenetics in developmental homeostasis'
Section 4: 'The roles of epigenetics in the development of immune memory'
Section 5: 'The roles of epigenetics in the development of pathologies'
Section 6: 'Epigenetics and heredity'
Section 7: 'The therapeutic perspectives of epigenetics and current research'

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Define the concept of epigenetics and use the appropriate vocabulary
  • Define the main molecular epigenetic mechanisms that affect gene expression
  • Illustrate the biological importance of epigenetics with specific examples
  • Discuss the inheritance of epigenetics
  • Develop a critical thinking on a given related article

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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

The course will be organized via 'collaborate'

Recommended or required readings

Power point support will be provided with annotated slides

Any session :

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

- Remote

written exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

Exam with open questions

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Bénédicte Machiels (FNRS Research associate),
Bât B43bis, FMV, Avenue de Cureghem 10, quartier vallée 2, Uliège

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