Fall 2016

Seminar in Biochemistry

Listed in: Biochemistry-Biophysics, as BCBP-404  |  Biology, as BIOL-404

Formerly listed as: BIOL-58


Patrick L. Williamson (Section 01)


(Offered as BIOL 404 and BCBP 404) The topic of this advanced seminar will be cholesterol.  It has been said that more Nobel prizes have been awarded for the study of cholesterol than any other biological topic, yet it is astonishing how much we have learned only in the last few years, and how much we still don't understand.  The topics in this course will include biosynthesis, transport, regulation, physiology, and biophysics of cholesterol.  In many cases, these subjects illuminate or are illuminated by cholesterol-related diseases, so the biochemical bases for high cholesterol medications and for a genetic propensity for getting heart disease from eating broccoli are likely to come up.  The course will be based on the scientific literature, and will include writing and presentation assignments.

Requisite:  BIOL 191 and 291 or 331 or equivalent.  Limited to 18 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Williamson. 

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given by seniority and by major (Biology, BCBP)


Quantitative Reasoning


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2011, Fall 2016