Life Sciences in the race against emerging threats to human health

Overview: Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași offers this module to students from all over the world, who share an interest and passion for life sciences. This course pack is designed to enrich your theoretical knowledge and practical abilities in Life Sciences, to broaden and improve your experimental skills, data processing and reporting capacity. You will be able to tap into a variety of topics, such as: physiological role, structure and modifications of different biomolecules, bioinformatics and DNA barcoding, antimicrobials, pollutants and environmental risks, as well as your very own first-hand experience in separation techniques, structural mass spectrometry, molecular simulations, genetic sequencing and environmental assessment and monitoring.

Number of contact hours: 40

Assessment method: Multiple choice test and oral presentation

Contact (module coordinator): Assoc.Prof. dr. Brîndușa Alina PETRE (


Lectures(L) and practical applications (PA)

  • Molecules Getting in Shape. An Intro to Modelling (L, PA)
  • A Critical Analysis of Empiric Antibiotics Treatment: Health Benefits versus Environmental Risks (L, PA)
  • Human Exposure to Persistent Anthropogenic Molecules: An Overview (L, PA)
  • Proteins, Enzymes, and Antibodies as Molecular Vehicles for Investigating Human Health and Diseases (L, PA)
  • Identifying biological species using DNA barcoding (L, PA)
  • New weapons to fight antimicrobial resistance (L, PA)
  • Light chunks – from pure energy to living world molecules (L)
  • Understanding life – a bioinformatics perspective (L, PA)
  • Plastic pollution and circular economy solutions (L, PA)
  • Water – related Sustainable Development Goals monitoring by advanced Earth Observations (L, PA)
  • Applications of remote sensing in the evaluation of environmental risks (L, PA)
  • Climate change: the major challenge of the XXI century (facts and observation) (L, PA)
LS Schedule