Free Online Course on Basics of Extracellular Vesicles

Free Online Course on Basics of Extracellular Vesicles
Certificate fee scholarship is available for this course.

Institution: University of California, Irvine
Start Date: May 21, 2018

The University of California, Irvine has set-up a free online course entitled as “Basics of Extracellular Vesicles”. This course is meant for anyone interested in the field of extracellular vesicles including biology and medical and Ph.D. students without previous experience.

This course aims to provide the basic knowledge about extracellular vesicles (EV) a generic term including exosomes, prostasomes, microvesicles, microparticles and many others. The starting date of this course is May 21, 2018.

Course Summary

  • Duration: 5 weeks
  • Commitment: 5 weeks, 2-3 hours/week
  • Subject: Biology
  • Institution: University of California, Irvine
  • Languages: English
  • Price: Free
  • Session: Starts on May 21, 2018
  • Requirement:  None
  • Certificate Available: Yes

Who Developed the Course

The University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location.

Target Audience

  • The recommended prerequisites are college-freshman-level biology and biochemistry.
  • This course is meant for anyone interested in the field of extracellular vesicles including biology and medical students and Ph.D. students without previous experience in the field as well as clinicians, cell and molecular biologists and researchers who want to broaden their understanding of the field and deepen their knowledge about particular techniques.

Where Could This Lead You

After completing this course, you can apply for jobs in the given fields:

  • Biologists

Get Extra Benefits

If you pay $29 USD for this course,

  • You will have access to all of the features and content you need to earn a Course Certificate.
  • If you complete the course successfully, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page – from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile.
  • Note that the Course Certificate does not represent official academic credit from the partner institution offering the course.

How to Join This Course

You can register yourself here.

Course Format

  •  WEEK 1
    Introduction to the Course and the Field of Extracellular Vesicles: In this module, the course will introduce the course and the field of extracellular vesicles. The course will discuss the nomenclature and the history of extracellular vesicles as well as the organisms and places that have been shown to release/contain extracellular vesicles.
  • WEEK 2
    Biogenesis, Cargo, and Uptake of Extracellular Vesicles: In this module, the course will focus on the biogenesis and release of extracellular vesicles as well as the uptake mechanisms of extracellular vesicles when they are encountered by a recipient cell. This module also covers the different RNA, protein and lipid types present in extracellular vesicles as well as a brief overview what the functions of these molecules.
  • WEEK 3
    Collection and Processing of Cell Culture Media and Body Fluids Prior to Isolation of Extracellular Vesicles: In this module, the course will focus on the collection and processing of cell culture media and body fluids prior to isolation of extracellular vesicles. The course will discuss some of the considerations and guidelines that are important during the collection of starting material and isolation of extracellular vesicles.
  • WEEK 4
    Methods for Isolating Extracellular Vesicles: This module highlights some of the different methods used to isolate extracellular vesicles. Here the basic concepts for methods such as differential ultracentrifugation, density gradient, size exclusion and kit-based precipitation will be covered and some guidelines will be presented.
  • WEEK 5
    Techniques for Characterization and Quantification of Extracellular Vesicles: This module highlights some of the different techniques used to characterize extracellular vesicles. Here the basic concepts for techniques such as electron microscopy (EM), cryo-TEM, flow cytometry, atomic-force microscopy and nanoparticle tracking analysis will be covered and some guidelines will be presented.

Learning Outcomes

After a completed course you should be able to:

  • Discuss the nomenclature and subgroups of extracellular vesicles.
  • Describe the RNA, protein and lipid content of extracellular vesicles.
  • Describe the basic concepts about the most common isolation and characterization techniques and how these techniques are used in the EV field.
  • State the benefits and limitations of the most common isolation and characterization techniques for extracellular vesicles.
  • Explain the considerations that are important during the collection and isolation of EVs from different body fluid.
  • Describe the release and uptake mechanisms of extracellular vesicles

Who Will You Learn With?

  • Cecilia Lasser: Researcher at University of California, Irvine

Conclusion

  • Importance of Course:  At the end of this course you will understand the nomenclature and the history of extracellular vesicles (EV).
  • Importance of Certificate: By the Certificate of Achievement you will be able to prove your success when applying for jobs or courses. You can display it on your LinkedIn or CV.

Detailed Information

For more information about the course, you may visit the Website.

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