Course coordinators:
Subject Course coordinator Contacts Office hours

Biology / Medical Biology

Dr. LÁNG, Orsolya

Room 719 (7th floor, NET building)
+36 1 210 2930 / 56251

Monday 11:00-12:00

Genetics and genomics Dr. SEMSEI, Ágnes Room 611 (6th floor, NET building)
+36 1 210 2930 / 56502
Monday 11:00-12:00
Tuesday 12:00-13:00
Thursday 9:00-10:00


Dr. HOLUB, Marianna

Room 618 (6th floor, NET building)
+36 1 210 2930 / 56234



Neptun administrator
(Education secretariat):

L. DIBÓ, Szilvia

Room 623 (6th floor, NET building)
+36 1 210 2950
+36 1 210 2930 / 56235


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Course information

Medical Biology (AOKOGEN462_1A) for Students of Medicine
2016/17 Academic year - 1st semester

General information


Medical Biology is a one semester subject for students of Medicine. Claims for exemptions are only considered if handed to Dr. Orsolya Láng (tutor) not later than the 19th of September.

Medical Biology has theoretical (lecture) and laboratory (practice) parts. Students must attend 75% of lectures, may have not more than four absences. Lecture attandance is regularly checked. Lectures are given by two departments of Semmelweis University, (Department of Genetics, Cell- and Immunobiology (DGCI); Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology (DAHE)). Lectures of DGCI are given in Green Lecture Hall (NET Building, Nagyvárad tér 4 Budapest) at Thursday, 10 20 - 11 50 . For detailed schedule please visit the Topic list at the homepage.

Practices are weekly given by DGCI in Lab 13- 16 (NET Building).
Practices are obligatory. More than three absences of ANY REASON during a semester invalidate the semester. There are no extra practices. A notebook for notes and drawings, and coloured pencils are needed in practices.

Remember the exact time of lectures and practices, don't be late for them. Being late from practice is considered as an absence.

The slides, microscopes and other belongings in the Labs (Practice Rooms) should be handled with care. Any disappearance or harm in them should be paid by the groups working in the same room.

In the first semester you have one written midterm exam: on the 6th (Group 1-7) and 7th (Group 8-15) week. lecture. Both practical and theoretical knowledge is tested on midterm. No opportunity for extra date or for retake and for correction.

In the examination period you have to take a final exam. You are allowed to take the exam if you have got the signature of the subject. Requirement of signature: not more than 3 absences from the practices that is verified by the practice teacher, and not more than 4 absences from the lectures.

Final exam (Medical Biology) consists of a written test (multiple choice, essays, drawings, etc. covering both theoretical and practical part of the subject). The exam grade will be calculated as average of midterm grade (35%) and written test grade (65%). In repeated exams the successful oral part needs not to be repeated.

Online registration for the exam is in the second part of November. Students have three chances to take the exam. Those who have two failed exams, have to obtain a "retake ticket" at the English Secretariate. Failed exam can be repeated after 3 days with new registration. In the examination period there are voluntary consultations.

On the homepage of the Department ( information can be found: eg. slides of lectures, practices, summary of topics not found in the book, description of cytological methods, detailed topic list for midterms and exam.


Needed textbook:

  • Alberts et al.: Essential Cell Biology. Garland Science/Taylor & Francis Group Publ. 2013. (4th edition, ISBN: 9780815344544)

Recommended textbooks:

  • Alberts et al.: Molecular Biology of the Cell. Garland Science/Taylor & Francis Group Publ.  (4th ot 5th edition)

Books are available at Medicina Könyvesbolt, Address: 1091 Budapest, Üllői út 91/A. Phone: 215-3786, 215-9618, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       



Head of Department: Prof. Dr. Edit Buzás -- room 717 (7th floor, NET building)

Tutor: Dr. Orsolya Láng - room 719 (7th floor, NET building)


Topic list

The lectures are held on Thursday, 10:20-11:50, in Green (Selye) Lecture Hall of NET Building (Nagyvárad tér 4, Budapest), except for lectures given by the Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology (DAHE) (Tűzoltó utca 58, Budapest) labelled in green. The time and place of these lectures is announced by DAHE.



Lecture (DGCI)
Thursday, 10:20 - 11:50
Green Lecture Hall (NET Building)

Labs: L 13, 14, 15, 16 (NET Building)

(Sept 5 - 9)

Cells as the basic unit of life. The origin of life. Cellular organisation (DGCI)

Cell membrane, endoplasmatic reticulum (DAHE)

Cytoskeleton (DAHE)

The light microscope in use (DGCI)
ppt   doc

(Sept 12 - 16)

Nucleus and nucleolus. Chromatine and chromosome (DGCI)
ppt   doc   doc   doc

Cell adhesion molecules, junctions, structure of the epithelial cells (DAHE)
Mitochondria and peroxisomes (DAHE)

Light microscopic microtechnique (DGCI)
ppt   doc

(Sept 19 - 23)

No lecture at Nagyvárad tér (DGCI)

Exocytosis, Golgi apparatus, vesicular transport, sorting (DAHE)
Endocytosis, autophagy (DAHE)

The electron microscope. Electron microscopic microtechnique (DGCI)
ppt   doc

(Sept 26 - 30)

Consultations (facultative) (DGCI)

Cell nucleus. Cyto(histo)chemistry (DGCI)
ppt   doc

(Oct 3 - 7)

Consultations (facultative) (DGCI)

Cell division, mitosis, meiosis (DAHE

Endoplasmic reticulum. Golgi complex (DGCI)

(Oct 10 - 15!,
Oct 15 = Oct 31)

Midterm (written)
Group 1-7
doc   doc

Forms of classical and alternative secretion. Cell polarity (DGCI)

(Oct 17 - 20!,
Oct 21: holiday)

Midterm (written)
Group 8-15
doc   doc

Immuncytochemistry (DGCI)
ppt   doc

(Oct 24 - 28)

Cellular movement. Mechaotransduction (DGCI)

 Cell surface differentiation(DGCI)
ppt   doc

(Nov 2 - 4!,
Mon-Tue: holiday)

Cell-cell communication. Secretion of  extracellular vesicules. Trogocitosis (DGCI)

Store and supply of energy (DGCI)

(Nov 7 - 11)

Cell cycle. Asymmetric cell division (DGCI)

Endocytosis, enzymhistochemistry (DGCI)

(Nov 14 - 18)

Cellular aging. Cell death (apoptosis, nekrosis, nekroptosis, pyroptosis) (DGCI)

Cell and tissue culturing. Model cells in medicine. Stem cells. Differentiation (DGCI)
ppt   doc

(Nov 21 - 25)

Stem cell biology. Differenciation (DGCI)
ppt   avi   avi

Cell divisions (DGCI)

(Nov 28 - Dec 2)

Tumor biology, cancer stem cells (DGCI)

Forms of cell death (DGCI)

(Dec 5 - 9)

Phylogeny. Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Organism as an ecosystem. The microbiome (DGCI)

Consultation (DGCI)



Exam topic list: doc

Grading: doc




Medical Biology consultations (in the NET building) - 1st semester of 2016/17

19 December (Monday) 13:00, L13, L14
27 December (Tuesday) 11:00, L13-15
2 January (Monday) 11:00, L13-15
9 January (Monday) 11:00, L13-15
16  January (Monday) 11:00, L13-15
23 January (Monday) 11:00, L13-15

The consultation lasts for maximum 90 minutes. If there are no students present at the beginning of the consultation, it will be cancelled.


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Course coordinators:

Cell Science / Biology:
Dr. LÁNG, Orsolya
+36 1 210 2930 / 56251

Dr. HOLUB, Marianna
+36 1 210 2930 / 56234

Genetics and Genomics:
Dr. HEGYESI, Hargita
+36 1 210 2930 / 56326

Neptun administrator
(Education secretariat):

L. DIBÓ, Szilvia
+36 20 825 9996

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