Molecular Genetics

5 ECTS / Semi-annual / English

Objectives and competences

The course offers a general overview about the mechanisms and processes involved in intracellular flow of genetic information.

Students are supposed to develop their capacity to critically analyse situations related with the storage, use and regulation of genetic information. Students are also stimulated to acquire capacity to plan and execute simple procedures on the manipulation of nucleic acids. Basic skills on bibliographic search and interpretation are developed


Teaching Methodologies

Lectures, tutorials, laboratory work



Transcription; Types of RNA; RNA processing, introns and alternative splicing.
Translation and genetic code; Protein synthesis
General mechanisms of gene regulation – prokaryotes and eukaryotes
DNA protection and reparation

Bioinformatics; Molecular cloning; Transcriptomic analysis of gene expression;  Phenotypic analysis of the regulation of the lactose operon of Escherichia coli.
Tutorials: Active learning topic, novel in each course edition. 


Associate Professor
Célia Manaia has a background in Biochemistry and specialization in Microbiology. Her academic career includes a Bachelor and Doctoral degrees concluded at…
Assistant Professor
PhD in Biotechnology (specialty in Biology) from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and from the International Rice research Institute (Philippines). Degree in…
Marta Nunes da Silva is a Biologist with a Master's Degree in Environmental Toxicology and PhD in Agronomical Sciences (University of Porto). Her research…