Toxicogenomics, Short Course

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 5 days
  • Tuition Fee
    1500 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    1500 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #103 (WUR) ,
In this course, an introduction will be provided on genomics technologies, i.e. gene expression profiling by microarray technologies, focussing on its application in toxicology.


At the Department of Toxicogenomics (TGX), a multidisciplinary team of biologists, chemists, toxicologists and bioinformaticians is working in close collaboration to establish the biological impact of exposures to potentially toxic compounds.

The rapid development of the new, so called omics-technologies, has enabled us to establish responses at different molecular levels with higher sensitivity than most classical effect markers, and providing information on the involved molecular mechanisms of action. As such, toxicogenomics research combines toxicology with genomics approaches in order to obtain more accurate understanding of toxicological processes. The application of these innovative omics-technologies in in vitro toxicology and human health risk analysis can be regarded as the central research paradigm of our department.

The mission of Department of Toxicogenomics is to explore, develop and to exploit the full potential of innovative cell technologies and genomics platforms, for the purpose of advancing mechanism-based in vitro assays using human cells, for predictive toxicology, as well as for developing novel biomarkers of toxic exposure and effect to be used in human population studies.


During this course, 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 DNA microarrays, its technologies, the main approaches for statistical analyses and visualisation of microarray 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 discussion group meeting.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 5 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • General Toxicology
  • Food Toxicology
  • Occupational Toxicology
  • Risk Communication
  • Toxicogenomics
  • Epidemiology
  • Mutagenesis and Carcinogenesis
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Cell Toxicology
  • Pathobiology
  • Molecular toxicology

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

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

    1500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.

PhD students may apply for reduced rates:

  • Internal students: 330
  • External students 550

Living costs for Maastricht

700 - 1,170 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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