Toxicogenomics, Short Course

Toxicogenomics, Short Course

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In this Toxicogenomics course at Maastricht University, an introduction will be provided on genomics technologies, i.e. gene expression profiling by microarray technologies, focussing on its application in toxicology.


During this Toxicogenomics course at Maastricht University, participants will be familiarized with the theoretical and practical background of toxicogenomics.

Through lectures in the mornings, knowledge will be provided about the basic principles of gene expression profiling by RNA sequencing and DNA microarrays, its technologies, the main approaches for statistical analyses and visualisation of gene expression data, and its application in toxicology. 

In the afternoon, practical experience with the main data analyses approaches and applications will be provided by computer trainings and a plenary discussion.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 7 days
  • Credits
    1 ECTS
    ECTS credits: 1.5
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Basic principles of genomics

  • Methods for gene expression profiling (RNA sequencing, microarrays)
  • Data pre-processing
  • Data analysis: statistical approaches and visualisations
  • Data mining to understand biology
  • Other technologies: proteomics, metabolomics, and epigenomics.

Applied toxicogenomics

  • Unravelling toxic mechanisms
  • Biomarkers for toxic effects
  • Predictive toxicology
  • Regulatory aspects

Practical trainings

  • Pre-processing of RNA sequencing
  • Data analysis to identify differentially expressed genes and to compare toxic exposure by gene expression profiles (including clustering approaches and visualisations)
  • Identification of affected pathways and processes
  • In silico drug target prediction and biological interpretation

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Admission to the PET programme is open to all graduates with a university degree in biomedical, natural, veterinary or agricultural sciences and who have a sufficient background in biology or chemistry. Applicants, who have not previously obtained sufficient general basic knowledge on toxicology via an appropriate MSc programme, will be required to start the PET programme with the course on General Toxicology. Successful completion of this introductory module may be required for enrolment in other PET modules.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1500 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 7 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1500 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 7 days.
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PhD students may apply for reduced rates:

  • Internal students: 330
  • External students 550

Living costs for Maastricht

  • 700 - 1170 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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