BIOS S-10 Introduction to Biochemistry

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7-week session | CRN 32376

This course is an integrated introduction to the structure of macromolecules and a biochemical approach to protein function. The organization of macromolecules is addressed through a discussion of their hierarchical structure and a study of their assembly into complexes responsible for specific biological processes. Topics addressing protein function include enzyme kinetics, the characterization of major metabolic pathways, and their interconnection into tightly regulated networks. Current laboratory techniques are discussed during lecture and examples showing the organization of protein networks and disease-linked protein profiles are drawn from proteomic studies. The laboratory portion of the course exposes students to a broad range of experimental approaches, including affinity purification, enzyme kinetics, analysis of protein folding, and stability. The laboratory exercises are designed to give students a direct experience of research conducted in a modern laboratory.

Course information
Class meetings

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
Science Center Hall E

Required laboratories to be arranged.

Start date

Tuesday, June 26


4 credits

Course tuition


Enrollment status

  • Limited to 74 students
    Registration Closed
  • Prerequisites

    BIOS S-1a and BIOS S-1b, or the equivalent.


    Open to admitted Secondary School Program students by petition. Harvard College students see additional information.



    Alain Viel, PhD.

    Senior Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University