Liquid biopsies – Course and Conference Office

EMBL Course

Liquid biopsies


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Course Overview

Liquid biopsies have the advantage of being largely non-invasive and providing a vast amount of information for the detection and monitoring of diseases such as cancer. This course will provide an overview in the several techniques to detect and analyse circulating tumour cells (CTCs), cell free tumor DNA (ctDNA), miRNA in liquid biopsies, cell free tumour RNA (ctRNA) and proteins. Participants will be introduced to all aspects ranging from proper sampling through error free sequencing to data analysis. Additional lectures will cover extracellular vesicles and clinical aspects using liquid biopsies, especially in the field of cancer diagnostics. 


This course targets early-career scientists entering the field of liquid biopsy analysis and wanting to learn about the benefits and limitations of different approaches.


  • Ultra-sensitive mutation detection using sequencing 
  • Single-cell analysis in liquid biopsies 
  • Digital PCR applications in the liquid biopsy workflow 
  • Protein analysis in liquid biopsies 
  • miRNA analysis in liquid biopsies 
  • Hands-on data analysis and interpretations

Learning Outcomes

Participants will receive an overview of various workflows in liquid biopsies, from sample preparation to data analysis. The course provides and overview of the current methods. Whereby a strong focus will be on experimental design, best practices, pitfalls as well as dos and don’ts. After the course, participants should be able to assess the best methods for their application as well as design their experiment.

What past participants say about the course

“This was a great course that has helped me understand the basics, as well as gain in-depth knowledge on liquid biopsies. Simply phenomenal.” – M A Bari Siddiqui, All India Institute of Medical Sciences


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Date: 9 - 14 Oct 2023

Location: EMBL Heidelberg

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


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