NKEK22004U Protein Structure and Function in Biomedicine and Sustainable Biotechnology
MSc Programme in Biotechnology
Protein science is central in the fundamental understanding of how organisms function, but also in the application and significance of proteins in sustainable biotechnologies and biomedicine. The function of proteins is carried out through their three-dimensional structure and dynamics. The aim of this course is to guide students who already have a basic knowledge of protein chemistry, through more advanced aspects of protein science based on critical reading of original literature, with two themes running throughout the course: the role of proteins in disease and proteins as biotechnological tools for sustainable industrial applications.
The course will cover several aspects of the relationship between protein structure and function by going into depths into several case studies. Short introductions to biochemical and biophysical techniques to study proteins and to practical use of protein sequence and structure databases and molecular graphics programs will be given as part of the course. Aspects of structure and function of enzymes, particularly esterases and carbohydrate-active enzymes in industrial biotechnology, metalloproteins, transcription factors, membrane proteins, intrinsically unfolded proteins and designed proteins will be covered, with other topics varying from year to year.
The student must demonstrate to have acquired knowledge on the structure and functions of the specific proteins covered in the course, as well as the general mechanisms by which protein structure dictates its function, e.g. catalysis and molecular recognition
The students must be able to:
- independently read and evaluate original research articles in English and critically describe how the experiments give information on the relationship between protein structure and function.
- formulate themselves precisely orally when discussing protein structure and function.
- search for relevant information in protein sequence and structure databases
- illustrate important points related to a protein's structure and function by preparing figures using a molecular graphics program
- recognize and describe different types of structures and functional mechanisms for proteins.
- The student must be able to gather and critically evaluate relevant information on specific aspects of protein structure and function from the scientific literature and relevant databases
-The student must be able to relevantly integrate the gathered information in discussion of protein chemistry, structure and function in the broader context of medicine and biotechnology
Most of the curriculum consists of original literature (reviews and articles). Additionally online material, video materials, own notes and textbook chapters will be provided.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree are recommended. However, last year students in BSc studies where they have already had contact with primary literature in protein science are also welcome, if they have the basic knowledge above.
- Exam Preparation
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment, 36 hours
- Type of assessment details
- Written, individual assignments. The assignment will be based on articles covered in the course and relevant background materials.
- Exam registration requirements
Compulsory evaluation online quizzes (minimum 5) must be passed prior to the exam. Attendance of the 2 online presentation days is also compulsory
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Flere interne bedømmere
As the ordinary exam. The exam registration requirement must be satisfied at latest three weeks before the re-examination (attendance of online presentation days can be replaced by handing in video-recording of article presentations, as agreed with the course responsible)
Criteria for exam assesment
See Learning Outcome
- Course code
- 7,5 ECTS
- Full Degree Master
- 1 block
Online course from 22 July-16 August 2023 (online modules open 1 month before)
- The online modules open in the week starting with 24 June. Depending on the number of students, 1 to 3 days of online live meetings (compulsory) will be scheduled between 22 July-9 August (preliminary dates to be confirmed: 24 July, 31 July and 7 August). The exam will take place 12-16 August.
- Course capacity
- No restrictions/no limitation
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience
- Department of Chemistry
- Faculty of Science
- Leila Lo Leggio (5-6e676b6e6342656a676f306d7730666d)
Other teachers from the Department of Chemistry