Chemistry of Biomolecules OpenCourseWare: A Free Graduate Study Chemistry Course by MIT

Published Feb 12, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) free 'Chemistry of Biomolecules' OpenCourseWare is an introductory course on biosynthesis. Students taking this graduate course must have a background in undergraduate organic and inorganic chemistry and usually pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry.

Chemistry of Biomolecules I: Course Specifics

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Chemistry of Biomolecules I: Course Description

The Department of Chemistry at MIT in Cambridge, MA, offers an OpenCourseWare introductory course for students interested in natural product biosynthetic pathways, the mechanisms whereby complex biological molecules are assembled from smaller components. The course begins by covering the chemical structure of both ribosomal and non-ribosomal peptides biosynthesis. Lectures cover polyketide, saccharide, shikimate, alkaloid and terpene bionsynthesis. The course also examines practical applications of these complex molecules, including their use in antibiotics. Students examine the genetic approaches to polyketide antibiotics. Problem sets reinforce material from the readings and lecture notes. Chemistry professor Dr. Sarah O'Connor teaches this course.

This OpenCourseWare includes a syllabus, required readings list, lecture notes, problem sets, exam problems and solutions. Those interested in this free course should visit the Chemistry of Biomolecules I course page.

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