Course Catalog » Course Listing for Biochemistry

198  Supervised Study  (1 - 6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Independent Study

Library research and directed reading under supervision of a member of the faculty with the approval of the chairperson of the department.

200A  Structure of Macromolecules  (3 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): D. Mullins       Prerequisite(s): Calculus, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, and an advanced course in biology.

Restrictions: Instructor approval required for non-Tetrad students.       Activities: Lecture

Training in the fundamental principles governing the behaviors of biological macromolecules and the use of modern techniques in the study of these behaviors. Topics covered are: thermodynamics (entropy, equilibrium, cooperative interactions); kinetics and catalysis; structure and function of macromolecules (DNA, membranes, proteins) by X-ray and electron optics; kinetics and structure of cooperative enzymes and systems of biological control. Special emphasis on small group discussion format.

201A  Biological Regulatory Mechanisms  (4 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): J. Li       Prerequisite(s): Calculus, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, introductory biochemistry, an advanced course in biology, and Genetics 200A.

Restrictions: Instructor approval required       Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Project

Understanding the molecular basis for fundamental regulatory principles underlying biological processes . Topics covered are: DNA replication, RNA transcription, genome structure and organization, protein translation.

210  Special Topics  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: First-year graduate students. All other graduate and professional students with permission of Program and instructor.       Activities: Lecture, Conference, Independent Study

Discussion of selected areas in biochemistry, biophysics, and biomathematics.

215  Laboratory Rotation  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): K. Ashrafi       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor

Restrictions: Must be enrolled in the Tetrad Graduate Program       Activities: Laboratory

A laboratory rotation course to familiarize new departmental graduate students with various approaches to biochemical and biophysical research.

221  Selected Topics  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): K. Ashrafi       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Must be a current Tetrad student       Activities: Direct - Seminar, Student - Seminar

Presentations of selected topics in biochemistry by graduate students in the Department of Biochemistry.

241  Startup 101  (3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): C. Craik       Prerequisite(s): No

Restrictions: No       Activities: Lecture, Project

This course examines how to build impactful, scalable life science/healthcare businesses from a science/technology base. Guest lectures will be delivered by entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts on topics such as opportunity recognition, business models, intellectual property, clinical/regulatory, reimbursement, capital and investor presentations. The final session will be an opportunity to pitch to investors for feedback. Enrollment is by application.

250  Research  (1 - 8 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Completion of 2 quarters of Biochem 215 in the year prior

Restrictions: Students must be in year 2 or above       Activities: Independent Study, Laboratory

The course is intended to give students hands-on experience in investigation of a fundamental question in biology using modern techniques and approaches in Biochemistry. The scope of the research project, formulation of hypothesis, and the necessary experimental approaches taken to test the hypothesis will be determined based on active input from the student and the lab’s Principle Investigator. The student is expected to become increasingly independent in each of these aspects of the project.