Course Title : Microbiology and Biotechnology

Code 10H816
Course Year Master and Doctor Course
Term
Class day & Period Wed 2nd
Location A2-308
Credits 1.5
Restriction No Restriction
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language English
Instructor Haruyuki Atomi, Tamotsu Kanai

Course Description

This lecture will introduce the various forms of life that are present on our planet as well as the mechanisms involved in sustaining their life. Commonly used tools in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics will also be discussed. In addition, methods to utilize cells and their enzymes in biotechnology will be introduced. Lectures will be given in English, with the aim to improve communication/discussion skills.

Grading

Grading will be based on presentations (60%) and attendance (40%).

Course Goals

Basic knowledge on the various forms of life that are present on our planet as well as the mechanisms involved in sustaining their life. An understanding of the commonly used tools in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics as well as methods to utilize cells and their enzymes in biotechnology. Lectures will be given in English, with the aim to improve communication/discussion skills.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Introduction 1 Diversity of life, classification of organisms, structure and function of fundamental biomolecules.
Basic mechanisms to sustain life 3 Strategies to conserve energy, biosynthesis, cell division, cell differentiation.
Strategies to adapt to environmental conditions 2 Effect of environmental conditions on cells and biomolecules, thermophiles, acidophiles and their enzymes.
Protein engineering 2 Methods to study enzymes and enzyme reactions, methods to enhance their performance.
Cell engineering 2 Methods utilized in metabolic engineering, cell surface engineering, synthetic biology.
Topic discussion 1 Particular topics will be chosen for discussion

Textbook

Textbook(supplemental)

Prerequisite(s)

Independent Study Outside of Class

Web Sites

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