Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the students should be able to: 

  • know the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of expression hosts
  • choose the optimal expression host for a given product
  • identify rate-limiting steps and know how to overcome them
  • modify the expression system for improved production and/or improved characteristics of the target molecule
  • select appropriate tools and strategies for genetic engineering

Credits: 5

Schedule: 11.01.2022 - 25.02.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Alexander Frey

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course focuses on the exploitation of cellular systems for the production of enzymes, therapeutic proteins, biochemicals and secondary metabolites. It is located at the interface between biochemistry, microbiology, cell biology and metabolic engineering.

    The course aims at the analysis, understanding and recombining of natures molecular building blocks using genetic engineering and molecular breeding technologies. This allows the creation of new expression and production systems, ranging from microbial, plant, insect to animal cells.
    A project work accompanies the lectures where students design a cell factory.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Examination and project work

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Total 135 h 
    Lectures and Seminars 24h
    Project work 40h
    Self-study 67h
    Exam 4h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Materials distributed during the course

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring III

    2021-2022 Spring III

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.