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Cellular Biochemistry of Nutrients

2nd term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Luigi De Luca
Luigi De Luca

Students learn biochemical processes of cellular macromolecules, such as DNA, RNA and protein synthesis, with particular emphasis on the function of essential nutrients in these processes. Covers biochemical aspects of carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism, and introduces essential concepts of molecular biology, such as structure and function of intracellular organelles and fundamental cellular processes. Topics also include nutritional and hormonal regulation of gene expression and concepts of detoxification to give the nutrition student a full appreciation of the relevance of nutritional biochemistry studies and cells to population perspectives. The course structure consists of core lectures led by faculty.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss the most important biochemical processes, such as DNA, RNA and protein synthesis
  2. Describe the role that different essential nutrients play in these and other life processes in higher organism with special emphasis on the human organism
  3. Discuss fundamental processes that permit the maintenance or nutrient homeostasis in higher organisms
  4. Discuss how essential nutrients govern the utilization of other nutrients and how they may control hormone synthesis and function
  5. Discuss pathological observations in the field on the basis of our instructions on essential nutrient deficiency manifestations
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 45% Quizzes
  • 35% Group Presentation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required