Biochemistry II will be a departure from textbooks into an instructor-guided, student-driven exploration of the molecular basis of human health. In the beginning of the semester we will delve into experimental techniques used to measure biomolecule structure, dynamics and function. As the semester progresses we will discuss how human health and disease are related to the structure and dynamics of proteins, DNA and membranes. Student interest will drive the selection of topics. For example, we might examine the role of dystrophin and actin filament protein dynamics in the progression of muscular dystrophy. Along the way we will generate testable hypotheses that will be the seeds of student research proposals. By the end of the semester you will have designed a real research proposal in which you apply the techniques you’ve learned to a problem of biomedical significance.
For more information, talk with Professor Klein!