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General Bioorganic Chemistry

Discover the links between biology and organic chemistry in our Bioorganic Chemistry course, which focuses on the foundational principles and practical applications.

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General Bioorganic Chemistry
Higher Education
Health Sciences

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In this comprehensive course, designed to illuminate the critical principles and cutting-edge applications of bioorganic chemistry, students can engage with dynamic virtual simulations that offer unparalleled insights into biochemical processes and molecular interactions.

From Synthesis to Metabolic Pathways

From the synthesis and function of biomolecules to the intricate pathways of metabolic processes, students will explore the chemical logic underpinning biological systems. Our simulations provide a hands-on learning experience, allowing you to visualize molecular structures, simulate biochemical reactions, and understand the impact of molecular changes on biological functions. Whether it's unraveling the complexities of enzyme catalysis, navigating the pathways of nucleic acid synthesis, or exploring the mechanisms of drug action, this course offers a rich and immersive educational journey.

Where Chemistry and Biology Meet

Bioorganic Chemistry can equip you with the knowledge and skills to navigate the exciting interface of chemistry and biology. Covering topics such as organic nomenclature, catalyzing biological reactions, different types of bioorganic molecules and their functions, unleash your scientific curiosity and discover the chemical principles that drive biological phenomena. 

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the fundamentals of organic compounds in biological contexts, learning about their structure, nomenclature, and the pivotal reactions they undergo
  • Understand the crucial roles of enzymes in catalyzing biochemical reactions, exploring enzyme kinetics, inhibition, and the design of enzyme inhibitors
  • Explore the synthesis and degradation pathways of key biomolecules, including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids, appreciating their significance in health and disease
  • Investigate the principles of molecular recognition and the biochemical basis of drug action, gaining insights into drug design and the molecular mechanisms of pharmacological agents
  • Explore cutting-edge topics such as CRISPR-Cas9 technology and its applications in gene editing, the development of biosensors, and the principles of synthetic biology in creating new biological systems

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Course Units


Introduction to Bioorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry Introduction: Learn about organic compounds

Hydrocarbon Nomenclature and Representations

Aromatic Compound Nomenclature: Naming benzene’s derivatives

Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution: Mechanisms and resonances

Electrophilic Addition: Explore reactions of hydrocarbons

Nucleophilic Addition: Explore the Grignard Reaction

Structure and Function of Biomolecules

Introduction to Protein Synthesis

Protein Synthesis

Biuret’s Test for Proteins

Perform a Dry Western Blot


SDS-PAGE: Separating proteins by molecular weight

Size Exclusion Chromatography: Separate monomers from oligomers

Benedict’s Test for Simple Carbohydrates

Benedict’s Test: Which food samples contain reducing sugars?

Carbohydrates: The sugars that feed us

Enzyme Catalysis and Mechanism

Enzyme Kinetics

Introduction to Echocardiography: Use different projections to diagnose patients

Cellular Respiration: Measuring energy consumption during exercise

Nucleic Acids and the Molecular Basis of Genetics

Gel Electrophoresis: Visualize and separate nucleic acids

RNA Extraction: Sample and purify mRNA from pigs

Introduction to Immunology: Explore the immune system and save the world!

Next Generation Sequencing

Gene Expression Unit: Use sequencing to unveil a gene linked to obesity

Lipids and Membranes

Sudan IV Test for Lipids

Cell Membrane and Transport: Learn how transporters keep cells healthy

Cell Membrane and Transport: Types of transporter proteins

Chemical Communication in Biological Systems

Cell Membrane and Transport: Learn how transporters keep cells healthy

Cellular Respiration: Measuring energy consumption during exercise

Advanced Topics in Bioorganic Chemistry

CRISPR-Cas applied to TGF-beta induced EMT

Bioinformatics: An introduction

Viral Gene Therapy: Use DNA to prevent heart failure

Cancer Sample Preparation for Mass Spectrometry


Nucleophilic Substitution Reaction: Alkyl halides substrates

Protein Engineering Methods

Tissue Engineering

Synthetic Biology

Genetically Engineered Machine

CRISPR-Cas applied to TGF-beta induced EMT

Introduction to Protein Synthesis

Western Blot Transfer: Prepare for protein detection

Perform a Dry Western Blot

Biophysical Properties of Membranes and Membrane Proteins

Cell Membrane and Transport: Learn how transporters keep cells healthy

Cell Membrane and Transport: Types of transporter proteins

Cell Membrane and Transport: Modifying the cell membrane

Recrystallization: Dissolve your solid and precipitate your crystals

Recrystallization: Filter your crystals and measure the melting point

Recrystallization: Purify your solid

Biochemical Structures and Enzymology

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR): Analyze small protein samples

Treatment for Chronic Kidney Disease

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