Spring 2011

Seminar in Biochemistry

Listed in: Biochemistry-Biophysics, as BCBP-58  |  Biology, as BIOL-58


Patrick L. Williamson (Section 01)


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 biophyics 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:  Biology 19 and 29 or 30 or equivalent.  Limited to 15 students.  Spring semester.  Professor Williamson.


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