Protein synthesis: mechanisms and regulation (2017)

ECTS credits: 5


Course parameters:

Language: English

Level of course: MSc or PhD

Semester/quarter: 7-25 August 2017 (tentatively)

Capacity limit: 20


Objectives of the course:

The first part will be an introduction to the mechanics and regulation of protein synthesis in bacteria and eukaryotes.  The second part will be the utilization of this background information to address problems in the current scientific literature.  The third part will be the creative “what would you do next?” (i.e. the planning of future experiments to extend the research paper discussed).


Learning objectives and competences:

Upon completion of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

·         identify individual steps in protein synthesis

·         understand the energy requirements for protein synthesis

·         analyze situations for changes in protein synthesis that are, or are not, mRNA specific

·         analyze the current literature in protein synthesis

·         design experiments to extend knowledge


Compulsory program:

Students will present and discuss current protein synthesis literature in seminar type format, and write one term paper of “what would you do next?” expected to be 3-4 pages.


Introductory biochemistry


Name of Lecturer:

William C. Merrick


Type of course:

Lecture and seminar type discussions



About 20 pages of handouts and 100 pages of original literature


Course assessment:

Participation in the seminar type segments and completion of final term paper.


Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University



2 hours per day, 5 days per week, 3 weeks (total of 15 sessions or 30 contact hours)



Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics



For registration contact the course responsible teacher (Charlotte Rohde Knudsen) by email:

If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Rohde Knudsen, e-mail:

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