Structure, Function and Origin of Biopolymers
Chem 8853/4803, Spring, 2020
Dr. Loren Williams
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Georgia Tech

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Molecular Sciences and Engr G021
Office Hours: Pretty much always.
Office: 1309 IBB

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Course Description
This course will focus on DNA, RNA, protein and carbohydrate. One goal is to for students to learn the biochemistry and structural biology underlying laboratory control and manipulation of nucleic acids. Another goal is to understand the molecular structure of biopolymers. We will try to understand the origins of the Central Dogma and of the Molecular Symbiosis at the core of biology. A third goal of the course will teach techniques for analysis, visualization, representation and presentation of biological macromolecules. Students will learn to interpret and describe biological macromolecules and to make publication quality figures. The course is appropriate for graduate students and advanced undergraduates who have background in biochemistry and macromolecular structure. Source material is the primary literature; there is no textbook.

Grades will be determined by quizzes, presentations, projects and class participation. It is expected that students will fully participate in class discussions, read papers in advance, and become highly proficient with molecular visualization and video editing software.

Students will be required to make several presentations as individuals and in groups. In addition students must present, and submit for a grade, one or more pymol scripts that produces a series of publication quality images of a nucleic acid structure and videos that represent molecular interactions.

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Topics [in progress]

Amino Acids
Bases, sugars nucleosides and nucleotides
DNA structure
RNA Folding
RNA - Protein Interactions
DNA Polymerase
PYMOL: Molecular Visualization and Analysis in 3D
Illustrator: Publication Quality Images
PYMOL, Photoshop & iMovie: Molecular Videos (Williams Draft 1 Video)