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Summer Semester 2014



  1. Lab Course on Computational Chemistry/Biology/Physics (Mark Santer)
  2. Biological and Biomimetic Materials (Damien Faivre)
  3. Basis of Crystallography (Emil Zolotoyabko, Technion)
  4. Glycobiology and Immunology (Bernd Lepenies)
  5. Advanced Biophysics (Joachim Heberle)
  6. Supramolecular Chemistry (David Bleger)
  7. Metallo Proteins (Silke Leimkühler)
  8. Biochemistry and Analytics of Carbohydrates (Stefanie Barbirz)


Lectures, Seminars, Practical Courses (weekly):

Lab Course on Computational Chemistry/Biology/Physics

In this course we shall cover special topics of atomistic modeling methods for computational biology/chemistry that cannot be covered in other courses, such as advanced molecular dynamics algorithms and techniques, coarse graining strategies, numerical calorimetry, practical use of few-state stochastic and Monte Carlo models, etc. These might be useful for a variety of specialized questions.

Open to: IMPRS students and students at the UP.
Duration: 2 hrs/week. Friday, 10.15-11.45 am, K 1.123 (Theory Seminar Room).

For more details contact Dr Mark Santer


Biological and Biomimetic Materials

Duration: Weekly lectures during summer semester 2014 (Monday, 14:00 h-14:45 h) / VS G1 / start on April 7th
Location: UP (room 2.25.F1.01)
Link: Biological and Biomimetic Materials

For more details contact Dr Damien Faivre

Basis of Crystallography

Program: One-semester course (13 lectures):
(1) Symmetry in the world; translational symmetry and crystalline state; crystal symmetry in real and reciprocal spaces.
(2) Crystallographic calculations in real and reciprocal spaces.
(3) Stereographic projection.
(4) Local symmetry elements: restrictions imposed by translational symmetry.
(5) Possible combinations of local symmetry elements. Point groups.
(6) Translational symmetry and Bravais lattices.
(7) Atomic packing and coordination numbers.
(8) Combination of local symmetry elements with translations: screw axes and glide planes.
(9) Space groups.
(10) International Crystallographic Tables.
(11) Transformation of vectors and tensors.
(12-13) Symmetry and physical properties of crystals.

Recommended books:

E. Zolotoyabko. Basic Concepts of Crystallography. Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2011.
W. Borchardt-Ott. Crystallography. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1995.

Location: Seminar room above the Library
Duration: Weekly lectures during summer semester 2014 (Friday, 14:00 h-15:00 h) / start on April 25th

For more information contact Prof Emil Zolotoyabko (guest professor at the MPIKG, Biomaterials)


Glycobiology and Immunology

The course deals with the theory and methods of glycomics and immunology (such as flow cytometry, ELISA, ELISpot etc.).
It covers 5 SWS (a two-week compact course).
If required, the course will be given in English. Since this course is quite frequented by FU students, it will be open for only up to two IMPRS students each semester. However, the course will be offered each semester so that all interested IMPRS students should finally be able to attend.

Location: FU Berlin

For more information contact Dr Bernd Lepenies

Advanced Biophysics

This module will present and substantiate biophysical methods and concepts. Selected methods like spectroscopy and diffraction and their application to proteins, nucleic acids and biomembranes are of particular relevance. The lecture series will cover a selection of the following methods: absorption spectroscopy in the UV, visible and IR region; fluorescence spectroscopy, time-resolved approaches; spectroscopy with linear and circular polarized light; vibrational spectroscopy: Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR), resonance Raman, surfance-enhanced Raman and IR; diffraction with X-rays, Neutrons and electrons; crystallization and protein crystallography; nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR); light scattering; single molecule spectroscopy; optical tweezer; atomic force microscopy; theoretical methods: MD simulations, Poisson-Boltzmann, QM/MM.

The lecture series is accompanied by a practical course of 8 biophysical experiments.
Place: FU Berlin, FB Physik, Hörsaal A (Arnimallee 14), laboratories for Exp. Molecular Biophysics (Prof. Heberle)
Duration: 4 SWS (Di 12:00 h -14:00 h, Fr 12:00 h -14:00 h) / start on April 15th

For more details contact Prof Joachim Heberle


Supramolecular Chemistry

Course synopsis: the course covers the basic principles of supramolecular chemistry and the self-assembly/organization of small molecules and macromolecules, with an emphasis on materials science (supramolecular polymers, liquid crystals, organic electronics,...). The course is divided between regular lectures and seminars, which consist in the detailed discussion of a particular paper covering the topic studied during the week.

Location: Adlershof Campus, Walter-Nernst-Haus, Newtonstr. 14, 12489 Berlin
Duration: 2hrs/week (Mondays and Fridays, 11:00 -12:00)

For more information contact Dr David Bléger


Metallo Proteins

Course synopsis, lecture and seminar, topics are metal containing proteins, FeS cluster, molybdoenzymes, Ni, transport of proteins, biogenesis and some enzymology…..
The course is part of the Master in Biochemistry and Biology at UP

Location: UP, 2.25.B2.01
Duration: 1 SWS lecture, 1 SWS Seminar (4 LP in total), Tue 8:15-9:45 and Thu. 08.15-11.15 am, weekly (10.04.-17.07.2014)
Link: Metallo Proteins

For more information contact Prof Silke Leimkühler


Biochemistry and Analytics of Carbohydrates

Course synopsis: Recent developments in molecular biology and modern analytical methods have increased the knowledge about the ubiquitous role of carbohydrates in plants, animals and bacteria. Aim of this lecture is to present an actual survey of synthesis and function of sugar building blocks, oligo- and polysaccharides in pro- and eukaryotic systems. Modern methods of qualitative and quantitative carbohydrate analytics will be presented as well as the fundamental biophysical principles underpinning interactions of carbohydrates with proteins. During the seminar students will give presentations on actual problems in biochemistry and analytics of carbohydrates and will discuss their laboratory work.

Requirements: The course is part of the UP master's degree program, held in English and open to all IMPRS students. Due to restricted lab space there is a limit of eight students for the full course including the lab part. Basic lab experience is required. Access to the lectures and seminar part is not restricted. The lecture and seminar part is equivalent to a 1 h/semester course.

Organizers: Dr. Stefanie Barbirz (UP), PD Dr. Jörg Fettke (UP)
Format: Weekly lectures and seminars during summer semester 2014 (Friday, 14:15 h-15:45 h), block lab course (two weeks) in September.
Place: UP

For more information contact Dr Stefanie Barbirz

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