Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

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Archived Curricula Guide 2014–2016
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FALL1008 Drug target identification and validation 5 ECTS
Organised by
Pharmacology, Drug Development and Therapeutics
Person in charge
Professor Matti Poutanen (matpou@utu.fi), senior lecturer Pirjo Pakarinen (pirpak@utu.fi), and university teacher Sanna Soini (ssoini@utu.fi)
Preceding studies
BSc in Health Biosciences or equivalent

Learning outcomes

The main goal of the study module is to introduce the terminology, and bioinformatics resources and tools related to drug target identification and validation.


Biological databases and database searching. Bioinformatics tools in drug development. Theory of evolution. Microchips and data analysis. In vivo disease models. Bioinformatics for mouse models. Knockout and transgenic techniques. Xenocrafts and models of chemical carcinogenesis. Preparation of microscopic specimens. Applications of PET imaging.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Independent work

Lectures, self-study and demonstrations.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Study journal / learning diary
  • In English

Active attendance at lectures and demonstrations. Feedback about the study diaries.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Students should be able to name focal areas of bioinformatics and be able to search and apply these various bioinformatics databases in research. In addition, students understand the principles and use of various in vivo disease models and applied methodology.

Study materials

Pre-lecture resources and materials, lectures and self-study and computer-assisted materials.

Belongs to following study modules

Institute of Biomedicine
Department of Biochemistry
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Institute of Biomedicine
DP in Biomedicine
MDP in Health Biosciences
Finnish Study Modules
MDP in Biomedical Imaging
MDP in Drug Discovery and Development