Online - How to study behavior in vertebrates with focus on fish and rodents

Course number20
Max participants20
Application deadline2020-12-31
Course leaderÅsa Konradsson Geuken, Erika Roman
DepartmentDepartment of Pharmaceutical Biosciences
Visiting addressOnline course
Post address
Dates2021-02-01 – 2021-02-05
LocationOnline course
Course lengthOne week
Course report 
Course plan 



The course is focused on behavioral studies and gives an introduction to behavioral studies in animals, the use of laboratory animals including rodents and fish, and common and novel methodological applications.

The course will be held online.

Learning outcomes


Day 1: Introduction to ethology, how to measure and interpret behavior in animals, factors that can influence results in behavioral studies
Day 2: Fish behavior, behavioral tests in fish, zebrafish larvae and adults, other species (e.g. sticklebacks, salmonids), inter-specific differences in behavior
Day 3: Mouse genetics, behavioral testing in mice, behavior and neuroscience, considerations for genetic and optogenetic testing, methods for introducing rat as a genetic model organism
Day 4: Multivariate behavioral tests for behavioral profiling of rat, mouse and zebrafish including multivariate data analysis procedures
Day 5: Examination; a computer based examination and scientific discussions related to the student’s own projects


We welcome students from a broad background in preclinical or clinical behavioral studies with an interest in behavioral neuroscience.


Examination; a computer based examination and scientific discussions related to the student’s own projects


Teaching staff

Associate Professor Erika Roman, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences
Dr. Åsa Konradsson-Geuken, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences
Dr. Sara Ekmark-Lewén, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences
Dr. Richardson Leao, Department of Neuroscience
Professor Klas Kullander, Department of Neuroscience
Professor Svante Winberg, Department of Neuroscience
Invited lecturers

More information

Uppsala University Behavioral Facility;

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