Internship in university labs

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course is organized in several alternative choices with the aim to introduce the students to the main experimental techniques used in different research topics, the way in which experimental data are processed and analyzed, and the guidelines for drafting a scientific paper.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student will acquire skills in experimental biology, will know the basic rules of good laboratory practice, will be able to use basic techniques and instrumentation, and will have the necessary information to organize the lab-book. The student will also be able to write a scientific paper and to read and analyze a scientific article.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Course syllabus
The internship offers students the possibility to choose a program among the 9 proposed:

1. Cellular Physiology and Biology
2. Immunology and Functional Genomics
3. From organisms to molecules: transcriptional factors and regulation of development and differentiation
4. Molecular approaches to study oncosuppressor genes and their role to prevent neoplastic transformation
5. Heterologous proteins: functional analysis, gene promoter studies, imaging
6. Animal-environment relationships and environmental monitoring
7. Experimental approaches in animal models for the study of developmental biology
8. Molecular Genetics and Cellular Biology of Cancer
9. Neurobiology

Laboratory activities on specific research topics are foreseen in each program. Programs can be consulted on the website:
Prerequisites for admission
The student must meet the requirements for enrollment at the third year: all the exams of 1st year and 30 ECTS related to the exams of the 2nd year , including Biological Chemistry (by September 25, 2020). Furthermore, it is recommended to have acquired skills in the teachings indicated by the Professor responsible for the selected course (see Ariel website;
Teaching methods
Method of teaching: traditional. Laboratory experiences with the direct involvement of students that will be engaged in the realization of different experiments on specific research topics. Students will also be actively engaged in the discussion of the results to improve their critical skills, their ability to re-elaborate the acquired data and communicate the results in an appropriate way.
Teaching Resources
All the material necessary for the planned activities and the experimental protocols are published on the website:
Assessment methods and Criteria
The student at the end of the course must submit a report in which the results obtained in the experiments, carried out during the internship, are reported and discussed. Together with the report, the student delivers the analysis of a scientific article assigned to him/her by the examination committee that is made up of the teachers responsible for the selected course. If the paper and the analysis of the article are approved by the committee, the student can take the oral examination, otherwise he must rewrite the paper and/or the analysis of the article. The oral examination must be taken, after the approval of the report, on the date agreed between the teachers and the students. The oral examination focuses on the different experiences carried out in the laboratory and on the assigned article. The teachers verify that the student has understood the experimental techniques used, the objectives of each experiment carried out, the critical analysis of the results.
In case of insufficiency, the oral exam can be repeated only once on a date agreed with the teachers within six months of the end of the internship. The examination grade is converted into points that enter into the calculation of the final degree mark. After the second fail, the student will have to repeat the entire internship the following year.
Monday 10.00-18.00 (by appointment)
Department of Biosciences, Via Celoria 26, 20133 Milan.
Thursday 14:00-16:00
Department of Biosciences 3rd Floor Tower C
on request, via email
via G. Celoria, 26 20133 Milano, B tower, 6th floor
tuesday 11.30-12.30, by appointment via email
Towerblock 5B, Dep. Biosciences, Via celoria 26, 20133
Tuesday, Friday 14:30-16:00
Via Celoria 26, 4th floor
Please contact me by email to fix an appointment
via Celoria 26, Tower C, floor n.3
Upon appointment
V floor Tower A, Via Celoria 26
Appointment needed
Dept of Bioscience
wednesday 14.30-15.30
Via Celroia 26, Tower A, ground floor
Thursday 17-18 (by appointment)
office 2b
by appointment previously agreed by e-mail
INGM, Padiglione Invernizzi, Via F. Sforza 35 4 piano Ala A