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300234 VO Advanced Biochemical and Biophysical Methods (2017S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


Language: English

Examination dates



Ort: HS A/STB,Viennabiocenter 5, 1030 Wien.
Mandatory Student Orientation Meeting (Vorbesprechung):
01.03.2017 14:00, VBC5 lecture hall A (Rm. 1.216)
dates: 06 - 21.03.2017; 09:00 -10:30 und 10:45 -12:15 Uhr
the lectures will take place ONLY at the indicated dates in the morning (09:00-10:30 and 10:45-12:15). There will be NO possibility to accommodate the lectures on different dates or at a different time.

Tentative schedule:

06.03; 09:00-10:30 Leonard Introductory lecture (including structure-function relationship and protein-protein interactions)
06.03; 10:45-12:15 Molodtsov Force spectroscopy
07.03; 09:00-10:30 Slade Protein expression and purification
07.03; 10:45-12:15 Leonard From protein properties to purification
08.03; 09:00-10:30 Stolt-Bergner Integral membrane proteins and protein complexes
08.03; 10:45-12:15 Sedivy Protein quality assessment and control
10.03; 09:00-10:30 Zagrovic Math primer
10.03; 10:45-12:15 Dong Introduction to X-ray crystallography, SLS and SAXS (part 1)
14.03; 10:45-12:15 Dong Introduction to X-ray crystallography, SLS and SAXS (part 2)
15.03; 09:00-10:30 Sedivy Absorption spectroscopy
15.03; 10:45-12:15 Yudushkin Fluorescence spectroscopy
17.03; 09:00-10:30 Sedivy Applications of absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy
17.03; 10:45-12:15 Hartl Introduction to mass spectroscopy
20.03; 09:00-10:30 Yudushkin Introduction to light microscopy
20.03; 10:45-12:15 VBCF tour 1 (upon demand; registration required)
21.03; 09:00-10:30 Sedivy Microcalorimetry
21.03; 10:45-12:15 Yudushkin Imaging methods for detection of molecular proximity
22.03; 09:00-10:30 Blaas Introduction to electron microscopy
22.03; 10:45-12:15 VBCF tour 2 (upon demand; registration required)


Aims, contents and method of the course

This theoretical course will start with introductory lectures on the basic concepts in structural biology and cover modern approaches and fundamentals of the methods used in recombinant protein expression, purification, biophysical characterization and quality assessment of macromolecular samples as well as cell biophysics approaches. The covered topics include static and dynamic light scattering, fundamentals of X-ray crystallography, absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy techniques (CD, FRET, FLIM, FC(C)S, fluorescence anisotropy, etc), mass spectroscopy and imaging methods (light and electron microscopy).

Assessment and permitted materials

Verpflichtende Anwesenheit. Die Beurteilung basiert auf folgenden Teilleistungen: Qualität und Aufbereitung der Seminarpräsentation, aktive Teilnahme an den Diskussionen der vorgestellten Publikationen, schriftliche Beiträge (die prozentuelle Aufteilung der Teilleistungen wird vom Kursleiter bekanntgegeben). Jede der Teilleistungen muss positiv sein.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Provide a comprehensive overview of strategies and methods for protein expression and purification; enable students to choose a better strategy for a given protein
Highlight the utility of different methods of protein characterization for understanding its structure and function using specific examples
Explain theoretical background and instrumentation used for protein characterization in amount sufficient for critical interpretation of original research results
Enable students to choose an adequate method for a specific question

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory


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