Protein Research: Methods and Projects (BIO4109.01)

Amie McClellan

Research questions in cell biology and biochemistry often require the ability to study the proteins at the heart of the inquiry. This course will give students hands-on experience with techniques for quantifying proteins, detecting protein expression, assessing protein-protein interactions, and determining whether a protein is folded, stable, and/or soluble. Additionally, students will read relevant primary literature articles and apply learned methods  to directed research projects.  Students are expected to work in the lab a minimum of 10 hours per week, participate in regular lab meetings, and prepare a final paper and poster describing their work during the term.  This course is appropriate for students who are currently conducting or planning to conduct experimental advanced work projects in cell/molecular biology/biochemistry.

Learning Outcomes:
comfort with basic protein-focused laboratory research techniques

experience designing, executing, troubleshooting, and analyzing experiments

experience learning both with and from peers and collaborating

ability to keep clear and meaningful notes to enable experiments to be repeated not only by yourself, but by others

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Cell Biology, Chemistry 1
Corequisites: Juniors or Seniors that intend to conduct an experimental project in Amie's lab for their advanced work may be eligible to take this class as a co-requisite with Cell Biology - determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
W 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , Biology , Chemistry , Fully In-Person
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