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gsw040 - Molecular and Cellular Biology of Hearing and Deafness (Complete module description)
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Module label Molecular and Cellular Biology of Hearing and Deafness
Module abbreviation gsw040
Credit points 12.0 KP
Workload 360 h
Institute directory Department of Human Medicine
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Molecular Biomedicine (Master) > Background Modules
Responsible persons
  • Claußen, Maike (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Ebbers, Lena (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Ebbers, Lena (module responsibility)
  • Claußen, Maike (module responsibility)
Enrolment in Master´s programme Molecular Biomedicine
Skills to be acquired in this module
++ deepened biological expertise
++ deepened knowledge of biological working methods
++ data analysis skills
  + interdisciplinary thinking
++ critical and analytical thinking
++ independent searching and knowledge of scientific literature
  + data presentation and discussion (written and spoken)
Module contents
The module focuses on auditory neuroscience, molecular and cellular neurobiology.

Development, anatomy and function of the auditory system (cochlea to cortex), classification, molecular causes and inheritance of auditory disorders, investigation of these disorders in animal models, insights into possibilities of treatment/therapy

The seminar will focus on possibilities of treatment options in the field of auditory rehabilitation. In a flipped classroom, students will shortly present and discuss different approaches.

Laboratory experiments to study mouse models of deafness/auditory processing disorders
Recommended reading
Springer Handbook of Auditory Research Series Vol. 63:
 -   Manley, G.A., Gummer, A.W., Popper, A.N., Fay, R.R. (Eds.), "Understanding the Cochlea", 2017, Springer
 -   Oliver, D.L., Cant, N., Fay, R.R., Popper, A.N. (Eds.), "The Mammalian Auditory Pathways - Synaptic Organization and Microcircuits", 2018, Springer
 -   Cramer, K.S., Coffin, A., Fay, R.R., Popper, A.N. (Eds.), "Auditory Development and Plasticity", 2017,

Jeremy M. Wolfe, Keith R. Kluender, Dennis M. Levi, Linda M. Bartoshuk, Rachel S. Herz, Roberta L. Klatzky, and Daniel M. Merfeld; "Sensation & Perception", 2017, Sinauer

Vona, B., Haaf, T. (Eds.), "Genetics of Deafness", 2016, Karger Publishers
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency Second half of the summer semester
Module capacity 8
Reference text
The number of participants for this module is limited to 8. If there are more students registered than places available, lots will be drawn. Students which are enrolled in Master´s programme Molecular Biomedicine will be preferred.
Module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Type of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Teaching/Learning method Lecture, Seminar and Exercise
Previous knowledge basic knowledge in genetics, molecular biology and cell biology
Type of course Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 1 SoSe 14
Seminar 2 SoSe 28
Practical training 5 SoSe 70
Total module attendance time 112 h
Examination Examination times Type of examination
Final exam of module
presentation (50%), protocoll (50%)