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DD2400 Cellular and Molecular Biology 15.0 credits

The course in cellular and molecular biology gives an overall picture of the cell and molecular biology area. The course covers general knowledge, terminology, and tools for analysis in cellular and molecular biology and it also introduces subjects as immunology, microbiology, and molecular medicine. These knowledges are integrated with those of the other diciplines within biomedical engineering.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus DD2400 (Autumn 2009–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course consists of six modules: molecular biology, cell biology, bioinformatics, immunology, microbiology and molecular medicine.Course module 1 covers basic concepts and terminology in molecular biology, such as DNA and proteins. Course module 2 covers the overall structure of the cell, and the flow of signals to and within the cell for regulation of cellular and molecular processes, and a practical excercise in cell biology. Module 3 covers bioinformatics, including sequence comparisons, sequence alignments and homology searches and a compulsory practical computer excercise.  Module 4 cover the basic concepts of immunology, such as immunoglobulins, cytokines, T-B cell synergy, MHC, killer cells and innate immunity. Module 5 covers basic concepts in microbiology. Module 6 covers cell and molecular biology aspects of common diseases and illnesses.

Intended learning outcomes

After the completed course, the student must be able to- use the terminology of cell and molecular biology- describe basic concepts in cell and molecular biology in a biomedical and medical context
- describe basic methods in cell biology- relate basic knowledge in cell and molecular biology to bioinformatics, immunology, microbiology and molecular medicine
in order to be able to
- integrate basic knowledge in cell and molecular biology with the other discplins in cell and molecular biology

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Single course students: 90 university credits including 45 university credits in Mathematics or Information Technology. English B, or equivalent and Swedish B or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

Basic course block for B, Bio, D, E, F, K, M or T at KTH, or corresponding courses.  


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Alberts B,  Lewis J, Johnson A,: Molecular biology of the cell, 5th ed, 2008, Garland Science, ISBN 9780815341055.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 13.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

In this course all the regulations of the code of honor at the School of Computer science and Communication apply, see:

Other requirements for final grade

Computer excercises and a written summative examination.  

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web DD2400

Offered by

CSC/Computer Science

Main field of study

Biotechnology, Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Other courses in Biomedical technology;  Basic course in medical technology II HL2006,  Neuroscience DD2401,  System biology HL1010.  


Markus Sköld, tel: 08-4572577, e-post:

Supplementary information

Course may be cancelled if the number of applications is to few.

Please notice that it is obligatory presence at course start!  

The courses is given in english.