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120.861.01 Special Topics in Biochemistry: X-Ray Crystallography-A Hands On Workshop

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Summer term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Juergen Bosch
Course Instructors:

Some basic knowledge of UNIX or Linux is desirable.


Enables students to carry out all key steps to successfully solve and refine a protein crystal structure. Theoretical aspects are followed by application to various problem sets. Topics include tricks for data collection, data processing and collection. Touches upon all standard techniques such as molecular replacement, SAD phasing and MAD phasing, both in theory and then applied in practical context with previously collected data. Identification of unknown ligand densities and model refinement lead to the last part of preparing publication quality figures using PyMol.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Process and analyze x-ray data from protein crystals.
Methods of Assessment:

Students are evaluated on their participation in classroom discussions and also on completion of assigned homework and tutorial data.

Enrollment Restriction:


Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Permission of instructor required.

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Special Comments:

Students can visit http://lupo/ for updated information about the course.