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Nutrients in Biological Systems

East Baltimore
3rd term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • M W,  3:30 - 4:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Luigi De Luca
Luigi De Luca

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


Provides in-depth review of the metabolism of major macro- or micronutrients and their functional roles in a variety of biological systems. Focuses on biochemical or molecular mechanisms of how nutrients influence health and disease at the cell, tissue, organ, and regulatory network levels. Discusses emerging nutritional -omics studies and biomarkers to provide a global view of complex interactions between nutrients and genes, proteins, metabolites, and gut microbiota.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Apply basic concepts of nutrient homeostasis to nutrient control at the cellular level
  2. Interpret and critically evaluate scientific literature on mechanisms of nutrients in biological functions
  3. Gain a greater understanding of nutrient metabolism in a systems level
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Attendance
  • 30% Participation
  • 60% Oral presentation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required