Fall 2022 - MBB 723 G100

Protein Structure and Function (3)

Class Number: 2289

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 3159, Burnaby

    Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 3159, Burnaby

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Mechanistic principles for how protein molecules achieve diverse functions such as chemical catalysis and conformational switching. Students will learn to critique hypotheses about structural mechanisms, and to interpret the primary literature reporting on structural evidence from X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course will begin with a review of basic protein structure principles and move into advanced mechanistic principles for how protein molecules achieve diverse functions such as chemical catalysis and conformational switching.  The course will discuss topics that are at the frontier of the protein structure-function field, with a focus on how protein structure underlies biological function, especially in the context of health and disease.  The course has an equal emphasis on principles of protein structure-function as well as the diverse methodologies used to examine protein structure-function. Students will learn to critique hypotheses about structural mechanisms, and to interpret the primary literature reporting on structural evidence from a variety of classical and emerging methodologies.

Grading

  • Two timed exams (worth 20% and 30% respectively) 50%
  • Class presentations and participation 20%
  • Final written assignment 30%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

This course is not textbook-based. Course readings and research journal articles will be available in electronic Library Reserves or Canvas.

REQUIRED READING NOTES:

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Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:

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