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222.651.01 Advanced Nutrient Metabolism

International Health
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Luigi De Luca
Course Instructor:
  • Luigi De Luca

Previous course work in biochemistry and/or the course on Nutritional Biochemistry


Provides an in-depth review of the metabolism of major nutrients and its importance in disease states, such as teratogenesis, cardiovascular disease, ageing, cancer, obesity, and liver fibrosis. Focuses on regulatory mechanisms, integration of metabolic pathways, and biochemical and physiological aspects of nutrient metabolism at the whole body, tissue and cellular level. Includes both discussion and lectures.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. apply basic concepts of whole body nutrient homeostasis to nutrient control at the cellular level
  2. critically evaluate new findings on the role of nutrients in functions such as cellular differentiation, bone remodeling and cognitive function
  3. gain a greater understanding of metabolic pathway interrelationships
Methods of Assessment:

Based on attendance, grades, discussion, and presentations.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required