Introduction to Organoid Technology

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Medicine
Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 1200.00

This intensive 3-day course will provide an overview on current organoid technology and the application of organoids in basic research, disease modeling, drug development, personalized medicine, and regenerative medicine. This course is comprised of meeting experts, insightful lectures and hands-on bench work. At the end of the course participants will have profound knowledge about organoid technology and hands-on experience to work with organoids in their further scientific career. 

Since the first successful creation of an intestinal organoid with microvilli structures in 2009 in the Hans Clevers lab in Utrecht, the development of organoid research has been advancing. Extensive research work has improved the research methodology and extended the range of organoids, which can now be produced in the laboratory. To date, liver, brain, pancreas, lung, breast, prostate, intestine, and even tumor tissue organoids have been created. As they are similar to their original organs, organoids hold great promise for use in medical research and the development of new treatments.

This intensive 3-day course is offered by the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) and the Hogeschool Utrecht (HU) and coordinated by the Utrecht Platform for Organoid Technology (U-PORT). In this course top scientists in the organoid research field will give lectures about their particular fields of research comprising organoids of different types of tissues and applying these organoids in medical research (including CRISPR/Cas9 editing of organoids, drug screening and regenerative medicine purposes). Next to this, the ethical part of this exciting technology will also be highlighted. In the practical experiments participants will learn how to start and maintain an (intestinal) organoid culture and will eventually also learn how to transfect organoids.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Prof. Dr. Onno Kranenburg and Prof. Dr. Madelon Maurice

Target audience

Master students, PhD students, technicians

Course aim

Aim of this course is to provide participants a comprehensive overview of organoid technology and its applications through lectures of experts in this field and practical tutorials.


Course fee
€ 1200.00
Housing fee
€ 200.00

Housing through Utrecht Summer School

If you apply and pay for the course in May you will receive a €250 discount.
Housing is available to you from the Saturday before the start of the course until Friday (26 July).


For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • Motivation Letter
  • C.V.

More information

For questions about the course, please contact the course coordinator Layla El Bouazzaoui -


Application deadline: 29 June 2019