The study of biomolecules as medicines and the use of chemistry to design better medicines and diagnostics. Includes synthesis, targets, development, manufacture and use of biomolecules.
Chemical Biology describes the use of chemistry to probe complex biological processes under normal and disease states, so that new diagnostics and medicines can be developed.
The aim of this paper is to introduce students to cutting edge chemical biology techniques and technologies including, the design and synthesis of biologics for therapeutic use (DNA, RNA, peptides, antibody-drug-conjugates, proteins, lipids), and the use of small molecules to probe complex biological processes in living systems. Students will learn how bioorthogonal chemistry (2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry) is used in chemical biology, diagnostics and drug development.
|Paper title||Chemical Biology|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,141.35|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- (PSCI 201 and PSCI 202) or (Two of CHEM 202, CHEM 205, BIOC 221, BIOC 222, MICR 221, MICR 223, PATH 201, PHAL 211, PHAL 221)
- Recommended Preparation
- HUBS 191, HUBS 192, CHEM 202
This paper can complement BSc degrees with a chemistry, pharmacology, biochemistry or biology focus.
Dr Allan Gamble firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Allan Gamble
Teaching staff: Professor Sarah Hook
- Paper Structure
PSCI301 will be taught through lectures, laboratories and tutorials covering the following general topics,
- Chemical Biology.
- Bioorthogonal Chemistry.
- Chemical modification of drugs – targeted and responsive medicines.
- Chemical modification of drugs – prodrugs.
- Chemical modification of drugs – imaging and diagnostics.
Textbooks will be available through the library. Titles to be confirmed.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork
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- Learning Outcomes
By completion of this paper students will be able to,
- Describe how the different types of biological medicines are designed and made, including specific challenges associated with these types of medicines.
- Explain the general mechanisms of action for biological medicines, and the advantages and disadvantages associated with these types of medicines.
- Discuss how chemistry can be used to probe biological processes (chemical biology)
- Describe how to use chemical biology information to design new medicines and diagnostic tools.
- Apply chemical, biological, and analytical laboratory skills.
- Communicate knowledge in an appropriate scientific manner.
- Continue to develop skills in finding, assessing and evaluating relevant scientific literature.