Study unit
4215510 Pharmacogenomics, 3 Cp  
Code 4215510  Validity 01.03.2017 -
Name Pharmacogenomics  Abbreviation FGEN 
Credits 3 Cp Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject0708 Biopharmacy 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Pharmacy (K) 

Paavo Honkakoski 

Learning outcomes 

The course provides key information on the principles, methods and practical applications of pharmaco- and toxicogenomics


Topics include the development and definitions of pharmacogenomics, pharmacogenetics of drug metabolizing enzymes and drug targets, the principles of main pharmacogenomic methods and their use in various stages of drug development and important experimental settings and regulatory guidances.

Modes of study 

Written exam, questions can be answered wither in Finnish or in English.

Practical exercises, project work and Moodle quizzes.

Teaching methods 

Lectures (21 h), group work (12 h), final exam (4 h), independent study including Moodle exercises (44 h). Lectures and lecture materials in English. If no English-speaking students attend, then lectures in Finnish. Group teaching in Finnish when applicable.

Study materials 

Pharmacogenetics and Individualized Therapy (2012). Maitland-van der Zee & Daly (eds.) or Pharmacogenomics (2013) Lam & Cavallari (eds.). Both E-books available in UEF library.

Lecture handouts, practical work instructions, review articles provided in Moodle and relevant databases.

Evaluation criteria 

Final exam 50 %, group work report 30 %, Moodle exercises 20 %. Final exam has to be passed (25/50 points).


Responsible teacher, professor Paavo Honkakoski + staff from Biopharmacy.


Basic courses in molecular biology and genetics is essential: Biochemistry in Pharmacy and Molecular Biology & Genetics in Pharmacy (or similar course) are required. Exchange students should inquire before registration and provide a study transcript and description of relevant prior courses. DMPK or similar course is highly recommended.


January - March.

Offering data 

PR4-5, TOK2-3, graduate students, eligible Exchange students.

Key words 

pharmacogenetics, gene variants, genomic methods, pharmacokinetics and –dynamics, adverse drug reactions, drug development, interindividual and population differences



Further information 

Organising Department: School of Pharmacy.

Responsible teacher: Paavo Honkakoski (paavo.honkakoski(at)

Office: Marja Lappalainen (marja.lappalainen(at)

Sustainable development B: health, conservation of natural resources, environmental protection, ethics, human rights.


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
Functions Name Type Cp Teacher Timetable
K: Pharmacogenomics  Lecture and exercise course  Paavo Honkakoski  04.02.21 -24.03.21

Future exams
Functions Name Type Cp Teacher Timetable
Registration ended K: Pharmacogenomics, 2nd re-exam  General examination  Paavo Honkakoski 
28.08.20fri 08.00-12.00
Register K: Pharmacogenomics, Final Exam  Examination  Paavo Honkakoski 
24.03.21wed 08.00-12.00
Registration not started K: Pharmacogenomics, 1st re-exam  General examination  Paavo Honkakoski 
07.05.21fri 08.00-12.00