Imperial College London

ProfessorAnneDell

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Head of Department of Life Sciences
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 5219a.dell

 
 
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Assistant

 

Mrs Geetika Masters +44 (0)20 7594 7621

 
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Location

 

101BSir Ernst Chain BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Topics in Biotechnology - LS2_TB

Aims

Topics in Biotechnology provides a theoretical and practical grounding in modern biotechnology. Biotechnology is introduced in a historical context, and by comparison with synthetic chemistry as the main ‘competing technology’. Although biotechnology is an applied discipline, it depends upon the underpinning sciences of biochemistry and molecular biology. This principle is apparent in the 'Exploiting Metabolism' lecture series, which through several examples links fundamental understanding of metabolic systems to their exploitation in applications. In biotechnology, the design and troubleshooting of studies and experiments is arguably more open-ended than in other biological sciences, and more similar to engineering, as biotechnology principally involves the development and optimisation of non-natural biological systems rather than elucidating the function of natural biological systems. The course introduces this style of research, and provides students with the opportunity to experience it first-hand through a mini-project including laboratory practicals and associated workshops.

Role

Lecturer

Biological Chemistry - LS1-BC

Aims

This course, which is scheduled in the first half of the first year, aims to refresh students' concepts of the physical and chemical aspects of biological processes. We intend to give students an appreciation of the concept that living systems obey the same fundamental laws that govern all matter and that understanding any life process requires an understanding of the physics and chemistry of that process. We aim to provide the students with the mathematical tools to develop this appreciation through quantitative as well as descriptive modes of expression.  The course also aims to give students an overview of metabolism by studying the major metabolic pathways and the regulation and control of those pathways to meet the body’s metabolic requirements.

Role

Lecturer

Medical Glycobiology - LS3-MG

Aims

The aim of this course is to give undergraduate students in-depth knowledge of the field of glycobiology, with an emphasis in on biomedically related topics. The goal is to develop a molecular understanding of carbohydrate-receptor interactions in cell-cell, cell-matrix and cell-pathogen interactions. Students will also be introduced to therapeutic applications and techniques used for the characterisation of glycosylation.

Role

Lecturer