Teacher, Biological Chemistry. (Undergraduate)
Teacher, Molecular Cell Biology II. (Undergraduate)
Organiser, Protein Science. (Undergraduate)
Biological Chemistry - LIFE40001
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.
Fundamentals of Molecular Biochemistry - LIFE95008
The aim is to provide an understanding by second year undergraduates of the relationship between macromolecular structure and function in sufficient detail to place this knowledge in the context of earlier courses in biochemistry and to provide the foundation for the treatment of more advanced topics in the final year. In particular the course will give the students insight into the theory and practice of how protein samples can be expressed, purified and engineered for structural and functional analysis. This will include insight into how bioinformatics can inform sample preparation and experimental design, how detailed structural information is obtained and how this can be used to facilitate investigation of function at the molecular level.