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.
At the end of the first part of this course, students are expected to possess a robust general understanding of the structure and of the manifold functions of proteins, with an emphasis on the fundamental role of these macromolecules in the cellular processes. Moreover, the students are expected to become familiar with the main classes of small biomolecules (sugars, lipids, amino acids, nucleotides) and to learn the basic metabolic pathways through which these molecules are degraded and synthesized. The students should also be able to express their knowledge of biochemistry in proper scientific language.
At the end of the second part of the course, the students are expected to have acquired a systematic preparation on the main techniques used in the biochemistry laboratory for the identification, isolation and characterization of biological macromolecules. They are also expected to possess competences regarding the analysis and interpretation of the experimental results. Finally, the students are also expected to know and understand the themes, strategies and major approaches employed in the field of proteomics. The acquired knowledge and understanding, as well as the capacity to apply such a knowledge in an experimental setting, will be assessed through two written exams (on part I and part II, respectively).Barring unforeseen circumstances, the exams will take place in person. In the event of a resurgence of the pandemic, the exams could adopt an online format, and the second written test could be replaced by an oral exam.