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.