Course Catalog

Essentials of Biochemistry: Molecular Insight into Biological Macromolecules

This course will provide a molecular level understanding of biological macromolecules. After a brief introduction to the major classes of macromolecules, the course will delve deeper into structure-function relationships of the biomolecules. The objective is to provide a keen understanding of the chemistry of the macromolecules that will enable the individual to better appreciate the biochemical and functional aspects. The course will finish with literature examples that highlight the importance of molecular insight for functional modifications. Problem solving and group interaction will be strongly encouraged.

Course Details

Key Topics

  • Amino acids and protein sequence, structure-function relationships, protein processing and degradation.
  • Enzyme Kinetics, thermodynamic of enzymatic reactions
  • Biological information flow—transcription and translation
  • Carbohydrates and lipids

Information

This course will provide a molecular level understanding of biological macromolecules. After a brief introduction to the major classes of macromolecules, the course will delve deeper into structure-function relationships of the biomolecules. The objective is to provide a keen understanding of the chemistry of the macromolecules that will enable the individual to better appreciate the biochemical and functional aspects. The course will finish with literature examples that highlight the importance of molecular insight for functional modifications. Problem solving and group interaction will be strongly encouraged.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for bachelor’s level scientists with minimal or no biochemistry background seeking to improve their knowledge. It is also good refresher course for those familiar with biochemistry but are interested in a problem solving approach. The course should be informative for researchers who are interested in working across disciplines and are starting to participate in biochemical applications of their research.

Benefits

This course will focus on practical applications of biochemistry and introduce audience to topics that are not emphasized in a traditional biochemistry curriculum. Their understanding will be enhanced by interactive problem-solving techniques throughout the course. After this course, the will researchers will be able to apply their biochemistry knowledge more effectively and offer innovative solutions to the research problem at hand.

Agenda

Introduction to Biochemistry

  • Chemical foundation, properties of water
  • Introduction to cell structure

Proteins I:

 

  • Amino acids and proteins
  • Primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary structure
  • Protein extraction and purification
  • 3D structural determination of proteins
  • Protein folding and function
  • Protein modification: structure-function relationships

Proteins II:

 

  • Enzymes, thermodynamic of enzymatic reactions
  • Kinetics, Michaelis-Menten equation
  • Membranes, channels, pumps

Carbohydrate, Lipids and Nucleic Acids:

 

  • Structure –function relationship
  • Biological Information flow: transcription and translation

Wrap up:

  • Practical problem solving exercise

Course Locations

Date

TBA

Check-in opens at 7:30 a.m.

Course runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Register Via Mail

Venue

TBA

The course fee includes a course binder and a continental breakfast each day.

Five for Four! Register five people for one course, one person for five courses, or any combination in between and your fifth registration is free. Note: This discount is only available if you register by fax or mail and mention this discount. May not be combined with any other offer.


Pricing
  Member Non-Member
Advanced $895 $1,095
Standard $1,095 $1,295

About the Instructor

  • Bhavani Balasubramanian

    has over 12 years of research experience in the area of biochemistry and molecular biology. Her most recent industry experience was as a manager of Clinical Efficacy at AVON Products Inc.