BIO-315 / 4 credits

Teacher: Dal Peraro Matteo

Language: English


Summary

The main focus of this course is on the molecular interactions defining the structure, dynamics and function of biological systems. The principal experimental and computational techniques used in structural biology, as well as molecular modeling and design will be introduced and practiced.

Content

Keywords

Structural biology, X-ray crystallography, cryo-EM, NMR, AlphaFold, SAXS, integrative modeling, molecular modeling, molecular mechanics, molecular simulation, protein structure prediction, protein folding, protein design, drug discovery, machine learning.

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

None in particular, but some are recommneded (see below)

Recommended courses

Basic bachelor courses on Maths, Physics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Important concepts to start the course

Structural biology and biochemistry of biomoleculaes. Classical mechanics, themodynamics, and electrostatics (Physics I, II, III), Organic Chemistry.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Explore the structure of biomolecules (and their interactions)
  • Predict the structure and dynamics of proteins
  • Design the structure of proteins
  • Visualize biomolecules
  • Interpret structural data
  • Choose the appropriate method to tackle a problem
  • Design a project in structural biology
  • Make a scientific report and presentation

Transversal skills

  • Make an oral presentation.
  • Write a scientific or technical report.
  • Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
  • Use both general and domain specific IT resources and tools

Teaching methods

Half of the course is based on lectures, while in the other half practical experiences and projects (computational and experimental) are provided to the students.

Expected student activities

Attending lectures, completing practical experiences, reading assignments, presenting a scientific paper, developing a project, writing a report, presenting the results of a project

Assessment methods

Assignments and projects assessment during the semester

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Structural biology
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Structural biology
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Structural biology
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Structural biology
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Structural biology
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Structural biology
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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