CHEM 5321 Biochemical Foundation and Treatment of Disease

This course takes an in depth look at the molecular basis of human diseases. The course will examine the genetic foundations of disease and how genetic mutations ultimately lead to changes in the functional materials of the cell, namely proteins.  Students will learn how molecular modifications to proteins results in structural and functional changes that ultimately lead to pathogenesis of the disease state. Modern methods for targeting and treating disease using molecular strategies will be explored in depth. Some diseases that will be discussed include cancer, cystic fibrosis, prion diseases, Alzheimers disease, and infection by viruses.


CHEM 4334 or equivalent, or approval of instructor.