How to study behavior in vertebrates with focus on fish and rodents (hybrid course), 1,5 hp

Course number20
Max participants25
Application deadline2023-01-08
Course leaderÅsa Konradsson Geuken, Stina Lundberg
DepartmentDepartment of Pharmaceutical Biosciences
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DatesWeek 5 (January 30th to February 3rd 2023)
LocationHybrid course; BMC and zoom
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 in a hybrid format so participation can be both on site at BMC or online on zoom.

Learning outcomes


The course is divided into four themes:
Theme 1: Introduction to ethology, how to measure and interpret behavior in animals, factors that can influence results in behavioral studies
Theme 2: Fish behavior, behavioral tests in fish, zebrafish larvae and adults, other species (e.g. sticklebacks, salmonids), inter-specific differences in behavior
Theme 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
Theme 4: Multivariate behavioral tests for behavioral profiling of rat, mouse and zebrafish including multivariate data analysis procedures


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 Åsa Konradsson-Geuken, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Biosciences
Dr. Stina Lundberg, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Biosciences & Dept. of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology
Professor Erika Roman, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences & Dept. of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry at SLU
Professor Klas Kullander, Dept. of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology
Professor Svante Winberg, Dept. of Medicinal Cellbiology

More information

Uppsala University Behavioral Facility;

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