Ph.d.-course: Mitochondrial Physiology - from Organelle to Organism

This summer, the ph.d.-course Mitochondrial Physiology - from Organelle to Organism will be held in the Mærsk Tower and Panum, organized by Associate Professor Steen Larsen. The course will run from August 21st to August 25th and grants 3,40 ECTS credits. 
Read more and enroll here.

Contact person: Jacqueline van Hall

Aim and content

This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD Students from NorDoc member universities. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from NorDoc member universities. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
1. Obtain theoretical knowledge on mitochondrial bioenergetics
2. Measure mitochondrial respiratory capacity, membrane potential and ROS production in muscle tissues as well as analysis of data obtained
3. Plan and design mitochondrial respiratory protocols

The content of the course will be an introduction to basal mitochondrial respiratory measurements and also to more advanced measurement of ROS production. Besides from this, different topics will be covered during lectures, ranging from the effect of aging on mitochondrial function to the impact of exercise on mitochondrial function. During the lectures focus will be on liver, adipose tissue as well as on skeletal muscle. The students will get an opportunity to present some of their own work, either on a poster or as an oral presentation.

There are no required qualifications, but a little knowledge about mitochondrial function would be beneficial.
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:
- Basic and Clinical Research in Musculoskeletal Sciences
- All graduate programmes


The form is a combination of workshops (hands-on), lectures and student presentations. The students will be asked to present their own research (poster or oral). We have invited several prominent lectures, and some of them has already accepted (see under teachers).

Course director
Associate Professor Steen Larsen, Faculty of Health Sciences, Center for Healthy Aging, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen,
21-25. August 2023

Course location
Mærsk Tårnet og/eller auditorier på Panum