Friday, November 5, 2010

What is an Interim of Bioanalytical Chemistry Like??

Are you interested in biochemistry and/or did you enjoy analytical chemistry? (you don’t need to have taken both...)

Are you interested in how modern biological samples are analyzed?

Do you want to use over $1 million worth of scientific equipment?

Do you wonder what the hospital or clinic lab does with your blood sample to provide your physician with the results of your blood tests?

Do you have an interest in proteomics (what is that?) and how this might lead to individually tailored medical treatments?

Are you thinking of getting a job in the pharmaceutical industry?

Are you looking for a lab experience that lets you work independently and have significant individual hands-on time with various instrumentation?

Do you want to spend more time in the beautiful labs in Regents Hall?

If you answered “yes” to any of these, then you might want to consider taking Chemistry 384: Bioanalytical Chemistry this Interim.

This course will introduce the fundamentals of bioanalytical chemistry, the application of modern analysis techniques to biological samples. Current clinical applications and examples of biological problems will be used to supplement lecture material. Topics will include biological mass spectrometry, radiochemical and immunological assays, various forms of chromatography, gel and capillary electrophoresis, electrochemical analysis and proteomics. Daily lectures will be closely integrated with laboratory experiences. Hands-on laboratory experiments will involve using different types of chromatography to separate biological mixtures in various ways, 1-dimensional and 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis, capillary electrophoresis, and ELISA assays. Several experiments will allow students to use the Chemistry Department’s electrospray ion-trap and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometers to identify proteins and determine the amino acid sequence of peptides. The course has a daily scheduled lecture with the rest of the day open for labs. The course includes significant hands-on lab time, but students work independently on the labs at their own pace and can set their own lab schedule in order to complete the experiments over the Interim term.

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