CMBS1103 Structural biology (4 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023


The course deals with protein structure, folding and dynamics. Basic principles of following techniques are studied: determination of biological macromolecule structure by x-ray crystallography, NMR spectrocopy and electron microscopy techniques. A special focus is how to use structural data obtained by various techniques in interpreting and modeling of the structures. In addition, studies investigating a protein function at the structural level are introduced.

Learning outcomes

After the completion of the course, student understands:
  • how protein structure affects into cellular functionality
  • basics of methods for protein structure determination
  • how protein structures can be employed in research at cell- and molecular biology, biochemistry etc.
  • how to study protein function

Study materials

material given during the course

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Individual exercises, group exercises, written report
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (4 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Study methods:

Practices, lectures, group discussions, research project, where literature and protein structure data is employed. Attendance in compulsory in the group discussions.