Protein Biochemistry (BIO580)

Protein Biochemistry is one of the rapidly expanding areas in the biological sciences today. This course teaches about the structure and function of proteins and provides training in selected laboratory methods and technologies in protein biochemistry.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


Course code




Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start


Number of semesters


Exam semester

Spring, Autumn

Language of instruction



The focus of this course is on the structure and function of proteins. You learn about biological, biochemical, and biophysical tools to investigate the structural and enzymatic properties of proteins. You use protein databases, and software to work with proteins in 3D. You work out the scientific concepts and principles with which you can investigate proteins and their biochemical reactions in an experiment. You learn to set up and work with laboratory protocols, create meaningful data, and interpret your results.

Learning outcome

Know how the structure and function of proteins are formed. Know how the structure and function of a protein can be analyzed. Know scientific concepts and principles applied in protein research. Know key instruments for protein analysis and how to apply them in daily laboratory work. Know which type of data are generated in an experiment and how to interpret the result.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Written exam and folder evaluation

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 4/5 4 Hours Letter grades Basic calculator specified in general exam regulations
Folder evaluation 1/5 Letter grades

The exam is a combination of multiple choice questions and questions that require application of knowledge.

Coursework requirements

Laboratory training

1 day of lab exercises per week for a total of 5 weeks. Compulsory assignments and reports must be submitted no later than one week after the last laboratory exercise, with all necessary corrections. All assignments must be approved by the course teacher within three weeks before the exam date in order for the students to be admitted to the exam.

Lab assignments are to be completed at the times and in the groups that are assigned and published. Valid absence due to illness or other reasons must be communicated as soon as possible to teaching staff. In cases of valid absence, it may be possible to complete the lab assignments at other times, where agreed with the teaching staff. This is not an entitlement.

No resit is offered for the laboratory assignments. If a student wishes to redo the lab, this can be done next time the subject is taught.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Lutz Andreas Eichacker

Coordinator laboratory exercises:

Julie Nikolaisen

Head of Department:

Ingunn Westvik Jolma

Coordinator laboratory exercises:

Eli Drange Vee

Method of work

4 hours lectures per week and a compulsory laboratory course.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Protein Biochemistry (BIO540_1) 10
Protein Biochemistry (MBI140_2) 10
Protein Biochemistry, Protein Biochemistry ( BIO540_1 MBI140_2 ) 25

Open for

Biological Chemistry - Master of Science Degree Programme Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


Search for literature in Leganto