Aims/Description: Understanding the many functions of proteins is a fundamental problem for chemists to help solve, and can lead to new drugs and treatments. This course covers protein function, from ligand binding to enzyme catalysed reactions. Students look at the structure of protein-ligand interactions and the main biophysical techniques used to quantify energy flows in protein-drug interactions. They also learn about kinetic methods of analysis that shed light on enzyme mechanisms, and how these experimental approaches are used to design effective enzyme inhibitors, leading to new drugs. There is also training in core data analysis techniques.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students in Department of Chemistry.

Staff Contact: REID ROBERT J
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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