Biomarkers, Discovery and Validation, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2023/2024

  • Spring 2024, 100%, Campus

    Start date: 25 April 2024

    End date: 2 June 2024

    Application deadline: 16 October 2023

    Application code: UU-92026 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)

    Registration: Please contact the department.

Entry requirements: 180 credits in biology, bio-/medicine, biotechnology, pharmaceutical biosciences, medical science or equivalent education giving relevant knowledge in cell biology, genetics biochemistry and molecular biology. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 18,125

Tuition fee, total: SEK 18,125

About the course

The course provides an insight into the current knowledge, future potential use and development of biomarkers as both prognostic and diagnostic tools in health care. Different types of biomarkers will be discussed as well as the methods for the discovery and validation of protein biomarkers in serum. Biomarkers for different diseases will be treated, such as biomarkers for cancers, and neurological and cardiovascular diseases. Biomarkers in disease epidemiology and pathology will be covered. Biobanking and ethical considerations will be discussed and current clinical methods and diagnostics will be illustrated. Current opinions and research findings of molecular biomarkers, as well as the development of novel methods and technologies, will be discussed. The Human Protein Atlas will be described and used in practical exercises, illustrating the discovery of biomarkers for different cancers and other diseases.

More information


Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology

Dag Hammarskjölds väg 20

Rudbecklaboratoriet, 751 85 UPPSALA

Nils-Erik Heldin


Telephone: +46 18 471 46 79