NSCPHD1045 Advanced methods in glycobiology

Volume 2015/2016


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Polysaccharides are one of the most extensive ingredient in human nutrition and have enormous impact on plant development, human health and in many applications. 
This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of plant carbohydrates and will use an integrated series of lectures and practical exercises to cover fundamental biology and applied themes.
Students will also have opportunities to get hands-on practical experience  in selected techniques for the analysis of complex carbohydrates including: state-of-the-art carbohydrate microarrays; monoclonal antibodies; carbohydrate binding modules; immunocytochemistry; rheology; spectroscopy and carbohydrate-active enzyme assays. The aim of the course is to provide participants with the skills needed to apply these techniques to their own research.

Learning Outcome

The primary outcomes will be a sound knowledge of the biology and utilization of plant polysaccharides.  

* Demonstrate a practical knowledge of cutting-edge techniques for polysaccharide analysis, including the construction and use of carbohydrate microarrays for high throughput screening.

* Describe the processes of carbohydrate biosynthesis, occurrence and diversity in the plant kingdom (including micro- and macro-algae).

* Describe the activities and importance of industries based on plant carbohydrates.

* Apply their knowledge to critically assess scientific literature.
* Use selected techniques for polysaccharide analysis and glycobiology.
* Apply their knowledge to evaluate the outcome of polysaccharide analyses.
* Describe how fundamental polysaccharide biology is related to downstream industrial uses.

* Work independently and with scientific literature.
* Prepare and present written work
* Design experiments related to polysaccharide biology and applications

A mixture of orginal research papers and review articles.

The key lectures will be provided by members the departments involved.
The PhD students will have a combination of lectures, theoretical and practical exercises of up to six hours duration. Individual preparatory work will be expected. The course is evaluated on basis of written lab reports.
The PhD course is part of the master course: 5440-B1-1E15;Advanced Carbohydrate Technologies
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 20
  • Practical exercises
  • 30
  • Preparation
  • 25
  • Project work
  • 25
  • Total
  • 100
Type of assessment
Written assignment under invigilation
In order to pass the course, all participants must hand in a report of the lab work at the end of the course.