In this course, students will be provided with the basic knowledge and
understanding needed to perform experimental analyses in biochemistry and to
properly interpret the results of such analyses.
In the first part of this course, students will be introduced to the structure and the
multiple functions of proteins, emphasizing the fundamental role of these
macromolecules in the cellular processes.
Moreover, the students will become familiar with the main classes of small
biomolecules (sugars, lipids, amino acids, nucleotides) and will learn the basic
metabolic pathways through which these molecules are degraded and synthetized.
In the second part of the course, the students will receive a systematic preparation
on the main techniques used in the biochemistry laboratory for the identification,
isolation and characterization of biological macromolecules.
Finally, they will be informed about the themes, the strategies and major techniques
employed in the field of proteomics.
The acquired knowledge and understanding will be assessed through written