The Fixing Genes

Course details

From £1365.00

Sun 28 Jul 2019 - Sat 03 Aug 2019

The Fixing Genes


The Oxford Experience is a residential summer programme providing one-week courses in a variety of subjects aimed at non-specialists. It offers a choice of seminars each week over a period of six weeks.

This course introduces the basics of the human gene biology and their role in diseases. In more details, we will look at how genes may be used in fixing disease-damaged biological processes. In particular, how research investigations on genes may lead to the discovery of novel therapeutic targets. We will then continue looking into details on how genes can be used in therapy. This is to get a general understanding of gene manipulation tools and how current technologies may be applied in gene therapy. We will explore the progress in gene therapy and examine its efficiency, practicality, ethics and cost.

Programme details

Seminars meet each weekday morning, 09.15-10.45 and 11.15-12.45, with afternoons free for course-related field trips, individual study or exploring the many beautiful places in and around the city.


Gene structure and function    


Gene function and regulation


Gene  defects and therapeutic targets     


The Fixing Genes: use of genes in dicovering therapies


Gene Thearapy Example: how genes can cure diseases such as blindness

Recommended reading

Benjamin Lewin. Lewin's GENES X, Volume 10. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2011.

Giacca, Mauro, Gene Therapy. Springer Science & Business Media, 2010. ISBN, 8847016436, 9788847016439 (2010).


During your course, you will stay in typical Oxford student accommodation at Christ Church in buildings which range from the 18th to the 20th century. Bedrooms are modestly-furnished, do not have air-conditioning and are arranged on a staircase of four or five floors.

The fee £1545 includes a bedroom with private bathroom facilities (shower, washbasin and toilet). Most are single but a few twins are available for couples or those who wish to share with a friend. Those couples wishing to book a twin room should contact us direct, as these rooms cannot be booked online.

There are also a few standard rooms available which all have their own washbasin and shaver point but the bath and toilet facilities on each staircase are shared. To apply for one of these rooms please select the ‘Programme Fee (with single standard accommodation and meals)’ option on the application form.  Early application for these rooms is essential.

Most standard rooms are single but there are a few ‘twin sets’ (two single rooms opening off a sitting room). If you wish to book a twin set, please contact us direct, as these rooms cannot be booked online.

Please indicate your accommodation preferences (either online or on your application form) together with a note of any mobility problems.

We regret that we are unable to offer you accommodation at Christ Church prior to or following your course. Additionally, family or friends who are not enrolled in the programme cannot be accommodated in college.


Programme fee (with single en-suite accommodation and meals): £1545.00
Programme fee (with single standard accommodation and meals): £1365.00


Dr Amr Abdelgany


Amr is a College Lecturer in Molecular Medicine who has worked on gene therapy since his DPhil at Oxford. He then continued his research at Oxford exploring novel genetic methods for discovery of new therapies. Amr has taught for the department since 2012.

Assessment methods

There are no assessments for this course.


Online registration closes on Wednesday 1 May 2019 but please note that this course may be fully booked very quickly so early registration is recommended.