Induced Pluripotent Stemm Cell, Gene-editing and microbrain models
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3630-19-00-00There are 3 available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 16/05/2019
Date and time17.06.2019, at: 08:30 - 21.06.2019, at: 16:30
Regular seats16
Course fee10,560.00 kr.
LecturersKristine Freude
Vanessa Hall
ECTS credits4.20
Contact personBetina Wingren Jensen    E-mail address:
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address:

Aim and content
This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at graduate schools in the other Nordic countries. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student, you will be placed on the waiting list for the course until enrollment deadline. After the deadline of enrollment, available seats will be allocated to students on the waiting list.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:


• Freeze and thaw human induced pluripotent stem cells
• Maintain and expand human induced pluripotent stem cells
• Generate iPSC via electroporation of episomal plasmids
• Differentiate human induced pluripotent stem cells into divergent astrocytes and cortical neurons using the latest 2D and 3D methodologies
• Generate optic cups
• Analyze induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural cells using different molecular methodologies
• Design CRISPRs for gene-editing of pluripotent stem cells
• Perform nucleofection based CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing


• Acquire a detailed understanding of the derivation of pluripotent stem cells
• Acquire a detailed theoretical understanding of the states of pluripotency
• Acquire a detailed understanding of early neural developmental processes and molecular cues that govern neural patterning
• Acquire a detailed understanding of the latest protocols for differentiation of iPSC into neural subtypes, astrocytes and microglia
• Gain detailed knowledge on state-of-the-art methods for culturing pluripotent stem cells
• Gain detailed knowledge on the latest methods for differentiating pluripotent stem cells into neural cell types (with focus on neurons, astrocytes)
• Gain detailed knowledge on the latest methods for differentiating pluripotent stem cells into microglia
• Gain expertise on use and application of CRISPRS in gene-editing of pluripotent stem cells


• Will be able to develop custom-designed experiments in their own lab pertaining to pluripotent stem cell culture and differentiation into neural cells and microglia
• Will be able to custom-design CRISPRs for gene-editing of their own cell lines
• Will be able to perform iPSC reprogramming and CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing using electroporation based methods

The course follows the following topics:
Pluripotent stem cell biology, Neural development and molecular patterning of the developing brain, Neural differentiation, Microglia differentiation, Tissue culture of pluripotent stem cells, Tissue culture of different neural subtypes, optic cups and microglia, CRISPR-Cas9 technologies and applications in pluripotent stem cells

PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and technicians embarking on culture of pluripotent stem cells with application for neural cell studies, microglia and optic cups.

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

All graduate programmes
Molecular Mechanisms of Disease


Lectures, Keynote lectures, Group exercises, Practical laboratory work, Poster presentations

Course director
Kristine Freude, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences,
Vanessa Hall, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences,

Kristine Freude, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen
Vanessa Hall, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen
Poul Hyttel, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Eric Bennett, Center of Glycomics, University of Copenhagen
Maria Joana Albuquerque Osorio, University of Copenhagen
Ludo Van Den Bosch, University of Leuven
Alice Pebay, Melbourne University
Presentative from Takara Industries

June 17-21, 2019 (incl.)

Course location
Frederiksberg Campus, Grønnegårdsvej 7

Please register before May 16, 2019

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.