BIOCHEMISTRY 354 - Topics in Biochemistry - Lecture only
This seminar-style course will emphasize fundamental biochemistry concepts including protein structure, enzyme catalysis, metabolism, and metabolic regulation. Topics include: thermodynamics, amino acids, protein structure, protein folding & function, enzymes kinetics, cellular respiration, fates of glucose, glycogen metabolism, gluconeogenesis, lipid metabolism, and the regulation of metabolic processes, especially in humans. In addition, there will be a focus on reading the primary scientific literature, analyzing data, and applying the fundamentals of biochemistry to specific topics to be chosen by the class. Topics covered in the past have included tumor metabolism, antiviral drugs, glycogen storage diseases, channelopathies, thalassemias, chaperones, etc. Students will be evaluated on problem sets, exams, class participation and a final project.
Prerequisites: 2 semesters of general chemistry, introductory biology, and at least one semester of organic chemistry. To ensure that you have sufficient background, students outside of the Bryn Mawr postbaccalaureate program will need to be approved for the course based on review of your transcript (which will take approximately two weeks).
Lecture: M, W, Th 9:00 am-noon
(Except for the first week when classes will be held on Thursday May 28 and Friday May 29 due to the Memorial Day holiday.)