KE547: Chemical Biology

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: English
EKA: N530040102
Assessment: Second examiner
Grading: Pass/Fail
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Summer school (autumn)
Level: Bachelor

STADS ID (UVA): N530040101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 15-03-2021

Duration: 1 semester

Version: Archive


The course is part of 'Summer School' and is also for foreign students, held in week 32-33. 

Entry requirements

Students enrolled in bachelor’s or master's programme in Chemistry, Pharmacy, Medicinal chemistry or Biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB).

Academic preconditions

Academic preconditions. Students taking the course are expected to:

  • Have basic knowledge of organic molecules, biomolecules and organic reactions.
  • Have knowledge of the central dogma of biology
  • Be able to use molecular structure to understand properties of molecules.

Participant limit


Course introduction

The aim of the course is to enable the student to understand the underlying biology based on its chemical building blocks and their interactions, which is important in regard to designing better medicines that improve the quality of human life.

Students will learn about the chemical structures and properties of the three main classes of biomolecules – nucleic acids, proteins and lipids – and learn how each of them can play a role in therapeutics, diagnostics or biotechnology. Through lectures, tutorials and laboratory exercises, the course will provide a comprehensive approach to design, synthesis and analysis of natural and unnatural function of important classes of biomolecules.

Expected learning outcome

The learning objective of the course is that the student demonstrates the ability to:
  • recognize natural and modified nucleic acids, their secondary structures and possible applications in nanotechnology and gene therapy
  • understand the link between protein structure and function
  • synthesise peptides and examine them as substrates for biomedically important enzymes
  • learn how to immobilize enzymes into solid particles for better applications
  • get hands-on experience to encapsulate enzymes into alginate gel for their reuse
  • learn about the structure and physico-chemical properties of amphiphiles and their self-assembly into lipid bilayer membranes
  • design amphiphilic synthetic biopolymers that can be embedded into lipid membranes
  • prepare synthetic lipid membrane nanoparticles – liposomes – and to functionalize them with amphiphilic synthetic DNA or peptides
  • perform solid-phase DNA and peptide synthesis


The following main topics are contained in the course:
  • DNA / RNA
  • Peptides / Proteins
  • Nanobiotechnology - Engineering of biological membranes
  • Biocatalysis


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Examination regulations

Exam element a)








Second examiner




Student Identification Card


Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids


ECTS value


Additional information

The Portfolio consist of a) active participation in lectures and other activities and b) Poster presentation. During the poster presentation group of students are evaluated simultaneously.

The examination form for re-examination may be different from the exam form at the regular exam.

Indicative number of lessons

50 hours per semester

Teaching Method

The teaching method is based on three phase model.
  • Intro phase: 15 hours
  • Skills training phase: 35 hours, thereof tutorials: 14 hours and laboratory exercises: 21 hours
Activities during the study phase:
  • Solution of assignments in order to discuss these in the exercise sections.
  • Solving the project assignments
  • Self study of various parts of the course material.
  • Reflection upon the intro and training sections.

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
Jasmin Mecinovic Institut for Fysik, Kemi og Farmaci

Additional teachers

Name E-mail Department City
Changzhu Wu Kemi og Farmaci
Chenguang Lou Kemi og Farmaci
Philipp M. G. Löffler Institut for Fysik, Kemi og Farmaci


Administrative Unit

Fysik, kemi og Farmaci

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