March 31st
April 4th
International course

Genetic Instability and Cancer

The aim of this course is to describe the current knowledges in the fields of DNA replication, repair and recombination and its consequences in genetic instability and cancer.

Key to the proper inheritance of the genetic information, cells should duplicate their genome before mitosis and avoid mutagenesis.

The course will describe the mechanisms and the regulation that ensures the maintenance of genetic information across cell generations. An emphasis will be put on:

initiation and completion of replication along the bulk chromosomes and at specific regions such as the telomeres and fragile sites; the pathways of DNA repair and recombination; the relationships linking replication stress to the formation of DNA damage; the signalling events surrounding intrinsic and environmentally induced DNA damage; the interference with transcriptional activity; the variety of cellular responses to damage including the generation of chromosome rearrangements and oncogenesis.

A large set of experimental methods involving genetic, molecular, cellular, and biochemical approaches will be taught.

Course in English



The aim is to provide an updated overview of the mechanisms and the regulation of DNA replication, repair, and recombination processes, the sources and the cell signalling processes of DNA damage, the cellular responses and the consequences of genome instability and oncogenesis. Experimental approaches will be presented.

Personal Work

Single molecule visualization of helicase activity by V. Croquette (ENS), high throughput sequencing platform (Institut Curie).

ECTS Information

This course is validated by UPMC - Paris VI University. It provides 3 ECTS or an equivalent of 30 hours.


Practical Informations

There is no registration fee for this course
Amphithéâtre Pierre et Marie Curie
11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie
75005 Paris, France



Alain Nicolas
Franck Toledo
Michelle Debatisse
Arturo Londono-Vallejo
Membres de l’Unité IC/ CNRS UMR3244/UPMC


  • Training Unit - Institut Curie