DynaMo Summer School – University of Copenhagen

Forward this page to a friend Resize Print Bookmark and Share

DynaMo Center of Excellence > DynaMo Summer School

Course title:

Transportomics: Classical and new strategies to identify and characterize transport proteins


12-16 June 2017


3 ECTS PhD Course


DynaMo Center, Dept. of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen 


University of Copenhagen, Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederiksberg, Denmark


Intra- and intercellular transport of metabolites is key for nutrient acquisition, hormonal growth, cellular homeostasis and for communication and coordination of responses in multicellular organisms. From a biotechnological perspective transport processes represent attractive targets for modulation of metabolite levels and are the foundation for the emerging field of transport engineering, including control of metabolite accumulation in a tissue-specific manner in crop plants as well as increased yields of commercially valuable compounds produced in synthetic biology approaches. Many research groups would like to embark on transporter work, but are hesitant as transporters are notoriously difficult to work with.

This PhD course covers classical and new strategies to to identify and characterize transport proteins:

  • genetic and biochemical methods
  • protein network analysis
  • coordination of regulatory and metabolic cell function
  • phosphoproteomic analysis

The course will feature a combination of lectures, tutorials, panel discussions, laboratory and computer exercises, participant presentations, report writing and networking.


Completion of the course will give the participants:

  1. theoretical and practical understanding of methods within transporter identification and characterization,
  2. perspective of the biotechnological potential of transporters,
  3. discussion of their projects with experts in the field, and
  4. a network within transportomics research


Two international leading scientists in related areas within the field of transport biology research are the core lecturers at the course:

Professor Benoit Lacombe, INRA Montpelier, France
Professor Ingo Dreyer, University of Talca, Chile

In addition the following local scientists will contribute with lectures on specific topics related to the field:

  • Professor Barbara Halkier
  • Associate Professor Hussam Nour-Eldin
  • Professor Dan Klærke
  • Professor Michael Palmgren
  • Associate Professor  Anja Fuglsang
  • Associate Professor Rosa Lopez

Course coordinators:

Barbara Ann Halkier & Hussam Nour-Eldin


A maximum of 20 applicants will be selected according to the relevance of their PhD project. Some experience within transport biology research is required.

Preparation for the course through background reading (~20 papers) as well as the making of a short poster presentation is required.


1650 DKK to cover compendium, lunch, refreshments and excursion during the course.

Participants must cover their own travel, accommodation and meals outside of course hours.


Register through the UCPH PhD School course catalogue application system. Email Bente Faurby, bfy@plen.ku.dk, if you have any problems with the system.

Application deadline:

2 April 2017