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Course Announcement

Fall 2018

BNFO 591 Proteins

This course provides an intro to proteins, including sequence analysis, structure, function, and evolution, medical applications, proteomics etc. The focus will introduce both techniques to analyze proteins (experimental + computational). You will learn why humans are different from each other, how proteins cause cancer, and how we may use proteins to reach immortality (without cancer, of course). This course is part lecture, part computer lab with bioinformatics exercises. We will also visit the VCU mass spectrometry facility and possibly do an experiment or two in the lab. Students will also spend significant time working on Wikipedia pages on proteins and related topics.

Time: Tue, 2-4:45 pm
Place: Harris 3112

Students: Undergraduates + graduate students
Prerequisite: undergraduate course in cell biology, molecular biology, genetics or microbiology."

For bioinformatics students, it will count as a bioinformatics elective. Undergraduates in the Computational or Quantitative/Statistics tracks should confirm with Dr. Herschell Emery how the course would apply to your electives requirements.

Materials required: (only materials provided, see reading list).

More detailed syllabus (pdf)