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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Membrane Proteins: Natural Nanomachines (Memprot)

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 2
Programme level Bachelor
Course responsible
  • Karen Laurence Martinez (8-706475776c71687d43666b6870316e7831676e)
  • Department of Chemistry
Course number: NKEB12007U

Course content

Membrane proteins are key players in cell function. The purpose of this course is to explore this superfamily of proteins (structure and function). The course will contain a review of examples of membrane proteins used in Bionanotechnology.

  • Membrane proteins structure and function
  • Use of membrane proteins in Bionanotechnology
  • Biochemistry on membrane proteins (Lab exercise)
  • Cellular assays on membrane proteins (Lab exercise)

Lab exercises will cover a series of standard applications in biochemistry and cell biology for membrane protein investigations

Learning outcome

The overall goal of the course is to learn and understand how the main categories of membrane proteins function. Completing the course the student is expect to have acquired

Understand basic principles of signaling for the different categories of membrane proteins
Understand basic principles of structure and function relationship for the different categories of membrane proteins
Introduction regarding the use of membrane proteins in Bionanotechnology
Basics in biochemistry for the purification of membrane proteins (Lab exercise)
Cellular assays on membrane proteins (Lab exercise)

Run classical experiments for the characterization of membrane proteins.

Explain the basic modes of function of membrane proteins superfamilies
Explain structure / function relationships of some membrane proteins


Recommended prerequisites

The course Nanobiotechnology 1 (Nanobio1) for students in Nanoscience or a similar
introductory course in protein biochemistry for students from other fields

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BSc Programme in Nanoscience


Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

The course is composed of lectures and lab exercises covering various applications on membrane proteins.
28 hours of lecture and exercises (4 hours per week during 7 weeks).
20 hours of lab exercises (4 sessions of 5 hours)


max 24 students




Molecular Biology of THE CELL; Alberts, et al.


Category Hours
Lectures 28
Practical exercises 20
Exam 2
Preparation 156
English 206

Exam (written exam)

Type of assessment

Written examination, 2h under invigilation
Laboratory exercises are mandatory. One report per laboratory exercise should be submitted. One of them will be presented orally.
The four reports and the oral presentation weighs 40% of the final grade. The written exam weighs 60%.


Without aids

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcomes



Censorship form

No external censorship
one internal evaluator


The reexam will be oral (20 min. preparation + 20 min. oral exam)

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