Biochemistry Free Online Course by Harvard University

Harvard University offering a free online course on Principles of Biochemistry at Future learn. This course require college-level Introductory Biology and General Chemistry, including basic Organic Chemistry.

The overall objective of this course is to explore the molecules of life, starting with building blocks and culminating in complex metabolism and associated diseases. The course will start on June 5, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 15 weeks
Effort: 4-6 hours pw
Subject: Biology and Life science
Institution: Harvard University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $ 199
Session: Course Starts on June 5, 2017

Providers’ Details

Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard faculty are engaged with teaching and research to push the boundaries of human knowledge. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

About This Course

Principles of Biochemistry integrates an introduction to the structure of macromolecules and a biochemical approach to cellular function. Topics addressing protein function will include enzyme kinetics, the characterization of major metabolic pathways and their interconnection into tightly regulated networks, and the manipulation of enzymes and pathways with mutations or drugs. An exploration of simple cells (red blood cells) to more complex tissues (muscle and liver) will be used as a framework to discuss the progression in metabolic complexity. Learners will also develop problem solving and analytical skills that are more generally applicable to the life sciences.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • The structure and function of the chemical building blocks of life
  • How to navigate protein structures using PyMOL
  • The central role of enzymes in catalyzing the reactions of life
  • The primary metabolic pathways that power cells
  • The intricate mechanisms that regulate cellular metabolism
  • The integration of biochemical processes in the context of cells, tissues, and whole organisms
  • How metabolic perturbations are linked to various human diseases

Instructors

Alain Viel

Alain Viel is Director of Undergraduate Research and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. He received a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology of Development from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France (Paris VI) and did his postdoctoral work at Harvard University.

Rachelle Gaudet

Rachelle Gaudet received a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from Université de Montréal, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, and did her postdoctoral work at Harvard University. She has been on the faculty in Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology since 2002, where she does research in structural biology of membrane proteins and teaches biochemistry and physical chemistry for the life sciences.

Requirements

  • College-level Introductory Biology
  • College-level Introductory General Chemistry, including basic Organic Chemistry

How To Join This Course

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