Autumn Semester 2020 takes place in a mixed form of online and classroom teaching.
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551-1601-00L  Biophysics of Biological Macromolecules

SemesterAutumn Semester 2019
LecturersA. D. Gossert, F. Allain, A. Cléry, S. Jonas
Periodicitytwo-yearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentThe course will only take place with a minimum of 6 participants


AbstractThis lecture course targets physics students and students of interdisciplinary sciences (major physics) for their education in biophysics. In this course the basics of molecular biology are presented bearing in mind the special interests of the physics students.
ObjectiveBasics of molecular biology and biophysics in in view of the special interest of students in physics.
ContentThis lecture course targets physics students and students of interdisciplinary sciences (major physics) for their education in biophysics. In this course the basics of molecular biology are presented bearing in mind the special interests of the physics students.
The topics include: The molecules of life - properties of biological macromolecules. Discussion of structure and function of proteins, quantitative description molecular interactions and of enzyme function.
Introduction to methods to study biological macromolecules: purification techniques, optical spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy (EM) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.
Introduction to the genetic system of E.coli bacteria: DNA, RNA and protein biosynthesis (transcription and translation) and biotechnological applications.
Lecture notesAdditional documentation in support of text book
Prerequisites / NoticeSmall classes with active participation of students