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Molecules of Life I

A. Baumann (Cellular Biophysics)
J. Fitter (Molecular Biophysics)

In this lecture, we will provide an introduction to the major molecules of life, e. g., proteins, DNA, and RNA. We will discuss how these molecules “work together” and how their structural and dynamical properties can be unraveled. To illustrate this further, we will also explain the vital principles of cells. We will focus on selected cellular processes and present modern methodical and analytical tools that enable us to obtain a quantitative understanding of these processes. The following topics will be covered:

  1. Introduction: Introducing the building blocks and properties of the “molecules of life” (A. Baumann)
  2. Biological nano-machines: How function is encoded in the structure and dynamics of an enzyme (J. Fitter)
  3. Cellular signaling processes: From the membrane to the DNA (J. Fitter)
  4. Biosynthesis of proteins: How ribosomes convert the genetic code into biological nano-machines (J. Fitter)
  5. Function and dys-function of proteins: How subtle changes in proteins severely impair cell functions (A. Baumann)


Wednesday, April 4, 1:00-2:30 (building 05.2, room 3012)
Wednesday, April 30, 1:00-2:30 (building 15.1, room 249)
Wednesday, May 21, 1:00-2:30 (building 05.2, room 3012)
Wednesday, June 11, 1:00-2:30 (building 15.1, room 249)
Wednesday, July 2, 1:00-2:30 (building 15.1, room 249)

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