What you'll learn

  • The structure and function of the chemical building blocks of life
  • How to navigate protein structures using PyMOL
  • The central role of enzymes in catalyzing the reactions of life
  • The primary metabolic pathways that power cells
  • The intricate mechanisms that regulate cellular metabolism
  • The integration of biochemical processes in the context of cells, tissues, and whole organisms

Course description

Principles of Biochemistry integrates an introduction to the structure of macromolecules and a biochemical approach to cellular function. Topics addressing protein function will include enzyme kinetics, the characterization of major metabolic pathways and their interconnection into tightly regulated networks, and the manipulation of enzymes and pathways with mutations or drugs. An exploration of simple cells (red blood cells) to more complex tissues (muscle and liver) will be used as a framework to discuss the progression in metabolic complexity. Learners will also develop problem solving and analytical skills that are more generally applicable to the life sciences.

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Faculty

  • Portrait of Alain Viel
    Director of Undergraduate Research and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University
  • Portrait of Rachelle Gaudet
    Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences

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